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Pediatric Phimosis and Paraphimosis

Key Points about Phimosis and Paraphimosis

  • Phimosis and paraphimosis are problems with the foreskin of the penis.
  • Phimosis is when foreskin can’t be pulled down (retracted) from the tip of the penis. This is a common problem in young boys.
  • Paraphimosis is when the foreskin is retracted but can’t move back up. This can prevent normal blood flow in the penis, and may cause serious problems.
  • Treatment for either problem may include steroid cream, lubrication or surgery to remove the foreskin.
  • Possible complications can include trouble urinating and death of tissue (necrosis) in the tip of the penis.
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Hans Pohl

Hans Pohl

Division Chief, Urology
Urologist
Co-director, Spina Bifida Program
Daniel Casella

Daniel Casella

Director, Urology Fellowship
Medical Director, Informatics for Surgery
Urologist
Nadia Kalloo

Naida Kalloo

Medical Unit Director, Prince George's County
Urologist
Aaron Krill

Aaron Krill

Director, Kidney Stone Surgical Program
Urologist
Rachel Selekman

Rachel Selekman

Associate Director, Ambulatory Telemedicine
Urologist
Physician Informaticist
Departments

Departments

Urology

At Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., our pediatric urologists provide comprehensive care for disorders affecting reproductive and urinary organs.

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