Phimosis

Phimosis is a tightening of the foreskin that normally folds over the penis. This tightening may squeeze the penis, which may swell until it cuts off blood flow, damaging the tissue.

Correcting phimosis often requires surgery to remove the foreskin (circumcision).

Last Updated: January 29, 2010

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Anderson, MD, FRCS(C) - Pediatric Urology

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