Circumcision and buried penis

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Historically, several reasons have been cited to justify circumcision; at various times circumcision has been reported to cure or prevent over 100 diseases. The majority of newborn boys in countries where there are no religious reasons given for circumcision, retain their prepuce. However, with a validation based to a large degree in folklore, the majority of boys in the United States have been circumcised during the 20th century. Recent data suggests that circumcision may be benefi cial in certain high risk populations as a part of a comprehensive effort to limit the transmission of HIV. The term Buried Penis encompasses a spectrum of conditions in which the penis does not appear to adequately extend from the abdominal wall as an organ distinct from the scrotum. Since the term Buried Penis comprises such a wide spectrum of conditions with widely varying severity no specifi c incidence can be stated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationDiagnosis and Management
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783540695592
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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    Kaefer, M. (2009). Circumcision and buried penis. In Pediatric Surgery: Diagnosis and Management (pp. 947-953). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.