| ORIGINAL ARTICLE
|Year : 2005 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 89-91
Preputial retraction in children
Abhinav Agarwal, Anup Mohta, Ritesh K Anand
Department of Surgery, University College of Medical Sciences and Associated Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi, India
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess preputial retractability in children at various ages.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nine hundred and sixty boys attending the hospital were included in the study. Children with hypospadias or history of preputial manipulation were excluded. Preputial anatomy was studied and subjects were classified into five groups as described by Kayaba et al .
RESULTS: The prepuce could not be retracted at all so as to make even the external urethral meatus visible in 61.4% children aged 0-6 months while this decreased to only 0.9% in children aged 10-12 years. At the other end of the spectrum, while prepuce could not be fully retracted in any child below 6 months, it could be done in about 60% in the age group of 10-12 years.
CONCLUSION Preputial nonseparation is the major cause of preputial nonretraction in the pediatric age group. Prepuce spontaneously separates from the glans as age increases and true phimosis is rare in children. Surgical intervention should be avoided for nonseparation of prepuce.
28-B, Pocket-C, S.F.S. Flats, Mayur Vihar Phase-III, Delhi - 110 096
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
[FULL TEXT] [PDF]*