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Bull Soc Pathol Exot. 2008 Oct;101(4):314-5.

[Accidents of circumcision in children in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire].

[Article in French]

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Service de chirurgie pédiatrique, CHU de Yopougon, BP 632 Abidjan 21 Côte d'Ivoire.


Circumcision is the most common surgical procedure carried out in boys in our countries. It is performed by medical members but also by traditional practitioners. Circumcision is considered as a benign operation but its complications are common, sometimes severe and the treatment delicate. Authors reported 35 cases of circumcision's complications in boys, aged of 2 days to 14 years old who were circumcised by traditional practitioners and by medical members. The most frequent complications were urinary meatus stenosis (17 cases), haemorrhage (5), total glans section (3), urethral fistula (3), and incomplete circumcision (3). These complications were caused by traditional practitioners in 19 cases, paramedical members in 11 cases, and 5 cases by physicians. Among these complications, fistula and amputation had required delicate surgical procedure. All the stenosis were treated by meatal plasty and fistula were sutured with one recurrence. Partial glans section underwent Mathieu's procedure and the total sections were referred to the plastic surgeon. Authors recommend surgical procedure for circumcision which must be performed in medical center or by well trained practitioners.

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