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- What causes phimosis?
- What are the symptoms of phimosis?
- How is phimosis diagnosed?
- How is phimosis treated?
- What is the definition of paraphimosis?
- What causes paraphimosis?
- What are the symptoms of paraphimosis?
- How is paraphimosis diagnosed?
- What is the treatment of paraphimosis?
- Can phimosis and paraphimosis be prevented?
- What is the prognosis for phimosis and paraphimosis?
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 serious 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.
Medically reviewed by Michael Wolff, MD; American Board of Urology
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.