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Complications of circumcision: A urologist's viewpoint

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Background: Although circumcision is the commonest surgical procedure performed on male neonates, complications still arise from all methods used by operators. Patients and Method: This is a retrospective case study of penile injuries resulting from circumcision complications in neonates and young boys observed in the author's urological practice. Results: Injuries resulting from circumcision with all devices include death, amputation of excessive skin, amputation of the glans penis, fistula formation, infection, sepsis, meningitis, adhesions, skin bridges, gangrene, and loss of the entire penis. Conclusion: Grievous and crippling injuries and even mortality can occur from routine neonatal circumcision. Adequate information should be provided to new parents of male babies informing them about possible complications. Moreover, doctors should discourage circumcision and inform parents about the many benefits of leaving the infant's penis intact.




Snyder, J. L. (2010). Complications of circumcision: A urologist’s viewpoint. In Genital Autonomy: Protecting Personal Choice (pp. 81–84). Springer Netherlands.

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