Phimosis and Paraphimosis (Penis Disorders) (cont.)

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Can phimosis and paraphimosis be prevented?

Circumcision can prevent paraphimosis and phimosis.

What is the prognosis for phimosis and paraphimosis?

The prognosis for phimosis is usually very good. A small amount of bleeding can occur as the skin is retracted but long term negative outcomes are very rare.

The prognosis for paraphimosis depends on the speed of diagnosis and reduction.

There can be no complications, however, if there is significant reduction of blood flow for an extended time period gangrene of the tip of the penis and even loss of the tip is possible.

REFERENCE: Reddy S, Jain V, Dubey M, Deshpande P, Singal AK. Local steroid therapy as the first-line treatment for boys with symptomatic phimosis - a long-term prospective study. Acta Paediatr. 2012 Mar;101(3):e130-3.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/25/2013

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