Paraphimosis is a condition in which the skin that normally folds
over the penis—the foreskin—tightens and retracts, and cannot return to its
normal position over the head of the penis. If not corrected, the penis will
swell, and the blood flow to the head of the penis may be cut off, damaging the
Paraphimosis is caused by inflammation or infection of the
foreskin, and may be linked with poor personal hygiene. Paraphimosis can
only occur in uncircumcised men. Treatment may include circumcision and
March 1, 2013
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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