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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

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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