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Aust N Z J Surg. 1994 May;64(5):327-8.

The treatment of childhood phimosis with topical steroid.

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University of Newcastle Medical School, New South Wales, Australia.

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  • Aust N Z J Surg 1995 Sep;65(9):698.


A prospective study of the efficacy of topical steroid in the treatment of childhood phimosis is reported. Boys referred to a paediatric surgical practice with pathological non-retractable foreskins were treated for at least 1 month with topical beta methasone cream. One hundred and thirty-nine patients were treated and 111 completed the study. A satisfactory result, defined as foreskin retractability appropriate for the boys' age, was achieved in 80% of patients. In 10% the response was inadequate at the end of the study period, but these boys were still under treatment or surveillance because their parents declined circumcision. In 10%, circumcision was performed because of failure of treatment. In six patients this was due to balanitis xerotica obliterans (lichen sclerosis et atrophicus) which does not respond to conservative treatment. Successful treatment depends upon the presence of a normal, supple foreskin at the outset, and on parental compliance.

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