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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.
  • What is phimosis and paraphimosis?
  • What causes phimosis and paraphimosis in a child?
  • What are the symptoms of phimosis and paraphimosis?
  • How are phimosis and paraphimosis diagnosed?
  • How are phimosis and paraphimosis treated?
  • What are possible complications of phimosis and paraphimosis?
  • When should I call my child’s health care provider?
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Hans Pohl

Hans Pohl

Chief, Division of Urology | Urologist
Harry Rushton

Harry Rushton

Emeritus Chair and Faculty, Division of Urology | Urologist
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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