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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Paraphimosis (Overview)

Paraphimosis is when a tight scarred foreskin (phimosis) has been pulled back or retracted over the head of the penis (glans) and is so tight that it can not be reduced or returned to its natural position covering the glans. This causes more pressure and swelling of the glans, making paraphimosis dangerous. Phimosis is inconvenient, paraphimosis is an emergency.


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What causes paraphimosis?

What causes paraphimosis?

Several Causes: Paraphimosis occurs when the foreskin of an uncircumcised male cannot be pulled back over the head of the penis. The more common causes are failure to return the foreskin to its normal location after urination, examination, sex, or washing; direct trauma to the area; and infection, which may be due to poor personal hygiene. Paraphimosis is a urologic emergency, see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
17 doctors shared insights

Paraphimosis (Overview)

Paraphimosis is when a tight scarred foreskin (phimosis) has been pulled back or retracted over the head of the penis (glans) and is so tight that it can not be reduced or returned to its natural position covering the glans. This causes more pressure and swelling of the glans, making paraphimosis dangerous. Phimosis is inconvenient, paraphimosis is an emergency.


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What symptoms make paraphimosis the most likely diagnosis?

Foreskin stuck: Foreskin cannot be brought back over glans penis, that is paraphimosis. ...Read more

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How is paraphimosis treated?

How is paraphimosis treated?

Usually emergently: Paraphimosis results when the foreskin of an uncircumcized man become trapped behind the head of the penis. This occurs when the opening of the foreskin has been tightening over time. The danger resides in the possible strangulation of the penis, resulting in necrosis. Usually a slit on the dorsum of the penis cutting through the tight band trapping the penis is required with circumcision later. ...Read more

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What are some first aid treatments for paraphimosis at home?

What are some first aid treatments for paraphimosis at home?

Here are some ...: Once paraphimosis develops, it is considered as an emergency because the affected patients are panic and scared, and even so are some insufficiently experienced professionals. For most cases, the unwanted swelling could be reduced to its original phimosis by skilfully applying manual gentle even compression onto paraphimosis with or without IV sedation. Occasionally, urgent dorsal slit or circumci ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to prevent paraphimosis?

Can someone tell me how to prevent paraphimosis?

Circumcision: Circumcision is sure way to prevent paraphimosis, frequent gentle retraction usually sufficient. ...Read more

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What is paraphimosis?

Para phimosis: Went retracted foreskin gets stuck in retracted position and head of penis swells and can be very painful. ...Read more

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What is paraphimosis ?

What is paraphimosis ?

Painful: The foreskin of the penis - becomes stuck in the retracted position. Swelling occurs - not easily pulled forward over the glans (penile head). This is usually a medical emergency. ...Read more

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What causes paraphimosis?

Several Causes: Paraphimosis occurs when the foreskin of an uncircumcised male cannot be pulled back over the head of the penis. The more common causes are failure to return the foreskin to its normal location after urination, examination, sex, or washing; direct trauma to the area; and infection, which may be due to poor personal hygiene. Paraphimosis is a urologic emergency, see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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How is paraphimosis treated?

Usually emergently: Paraphimosis results when the foreskin of an uncircumcized man become trapped behind the head of the penis. This occurs when the opening of the foreskin has been tightening over time. The danger resides in the possible strangulation of the penis, resulting in necrosis. Usually a slit on the dorsum of the penis cutting through the tight band trapping the penis is required with circumcision later. ...Read more

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