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Why does paraphimosis happen?

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Causes of paraphimosis include:

  • Mishandled foreskin. Make sure to put your foreskin back after you, or your caregiver, washes it or inserts a catheter.
  • Piercings. Pain and swelling from penis piercings can make it difficult to put the foreskin in place after pulling it back.
  • During sex. You might pull your foreskin back to have sex. If it stays there too long, it might swell so much that the foreskin gets trapped behind the head.
  • Other penis conditions. Other ailments of the penis can lead to foreskin problems. For example, phimosis can lead to paraphimosis.

SOURCES:

British Association of Pediatric Urologists: “Management of Foreskin Conditions.”

National Health Service: “Phimosis and paraphimois (foreskin problems).”

Medscape: “Phimosis and paraphimosis.”

Boston Children’s Hospital: “Phimosis and paraphimosis in children.”

McGregor, T. , March 2007. Canadian Family Physician

University of California, San Francisco: “Phimosis.”

Anand, A. , December 2012. Urologia Internationalis

American Cancer Society: “Penile cancer.”

Medscape.

Clveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 30, 2017

SOURCES:

British Association of Pediatric Urologists: “Management of Foreskin Conditions.”

National Health Service: “Phimosis and paraphimois (foreskin problems).”

Medscape: “Phimosis and paraphimosis.”

Boston Children’s Hospital: “Phimosis and paraphimosis in children.”

McGregor, T. , March 2007. Canadian Family Physician

University of California, San Francisco: “Phimosis.”

Anand, A. , December 2012. Urologia Internationalis

American Cancer Society: “Penile cancer.”

Medscape.

Clveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 30, 2017

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