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Int Surg. 2009 Jan-Feb;94(1):35-7.

Penile skin bridges: causes and prevention.

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Department of Urology, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.


The pathogenesis and methods of prevention of penile skin bridges are discussed, with a review of the literature. This was a retrospective study on 57 adult men who presented with penile skin bridges at King Fahd University Hospital, Khobar, Saudi Arabia, over a period of approximately 22 years. All patients gave a history of circumcision during the first month after birth. The bridges were surgically excised. The skin bridges were single (23 patients) or multiple (34 patients). Their edges were attached to the distal penile shaft proximally and the glans distally. Their width varied from 1 mm to 3 cm. They were all successfully excised under local or general anesthesia. Penile skin bridges are a rare complication of neonatal circumcision. They are caused by skin adhesions that occur during childhood. With aging, the adhesions separate partially at the corona to form bridges. Careful suturing and good dressing at the time of circumcision are simple procedures that can prevent adherence of the distal prepetual skin flap to the glans penis.

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