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BJU Int. 1999 Jul;84(1):101-2.

The incidence of phimosis in boys.

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Department of Paediatric Urology, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To establish the incidence of pathological phimosis in boys.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

A 2-year review of circumcisions was performed for phimosis among a known population of boys, with the histological findings of the circumcision specimens assessed.

RESULTS:

Sixty-two boys (all but one aged 5-14 years) had typical pathological (cicatrizing) phimosis and among the 51 circumcision specimens examined histologically, 43 (84%) showed appearances of balanitis xerotica obliterans. During the same period, 30 boys were circumcised for developmental unretractability of the foreskin ('physiological phimosis').

CONCLUSIONS:

The incidence of pathological phimosis in boys was 0.4 cases/1000 boys per year, or 0. 6% of boys affected by their 15th birthday, a value lower than previous estimates and exceeded more than eight-fold by the proportion of English boys currently circumcised for 'phimosis'.

PMID:
10444134
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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