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J Urol. 1999 Sep;162(3 Pt 2):1162-4.

Medical management of phimosis in children: our experience with topical steroids.

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Department of Urology, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.



Circumcision has traditionally been regarded as primary therapy for persistent phimosis in boys. Recently groups in Europe and Australia have advocated the use of topical steroids as conservative treatment in children. We report our experience with this approach.


Between July 1997 and February 1998, 25 boys with a mean age of 8.3 years who presented to our clinic with phimosis were started on a topical steroid. After counseling the family regarding treatment options we prescribed a 1-month course of 0.05% betamethasone cream applied twice daily.


Of the 25 patients 24 completed the treatment and were evaluated. A total of 16 boys (67%) had a normal appearing foreskin that was easily retracted, while in the remaining 8 the outcome was unsuccessful and circumcision was scheduled.


Our study demonstrates that the application of topical steroids is a viable alternative for treating phimosis in children. Appropriate candidates for this therapy include boys older than 3 years who have persistent phimosis and no evidence of infection.

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