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Symptoms and Signs of Foreskin Problems (Tight Foreskin, Phimosis, and Paraphimosis) Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Stretching, and Treatment

Doctor's Notes on Foreskin Problems (Tight Foreskin, Phimosis, and Paraphimosis) Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Stretching, and Treatment

Foreskin problems are conditions that can occur in the foreskin of the penis in an uncircumcised or boy or man. Phimosis is one example. Phimosis refers to the condition in which the foreskin cannot be retracted (pulled back) behind the head, or glans, of the penis. Paraphimosis is a different condition. In paraphimosis, the foreskin, after being pulled back, becomes trapped behind the head of the penis.

Signs and symptoms of phimosis can include pain with urination or difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, or pain in the penis. Pain is the most common symptom associated with paraphimosis. The swelling of the trapped foreskin in paraphimosis can lead to interruption of blood flow to the penis, ultimately posing a risk for gangrene (tissue death) of the penis. Paraphimosis is a true medical emergency requiring immediate attention.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

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