Alternative Treatmnents to Circumcision for Phimosis in Children


  • Phitsanu Mahawong Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand


Alternative treatements, circumcision, phimosis, children


Phimosis is a common condition among children. Physiologic phimosis resolves spontaneously by 3-4 years of age. Only a few older children have persistent phimosis which may cause problems such as recurrent balanitis or balanoposthitis. These children absolutely need treatment for their phimosis. Although circumcision is a standard treatment of phimosis, there is a trend toward more conservative management. The most popular alternative treatment is topical steroid with stretching method and the second most popular is prepuce plasty. Not only these optimal treatments yield similar functional outcomes but they cost less and produce more pleasant cosmetic outcomes when compared with conventional circumcision.


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Mahawong, P. (2010). Alternative Treatmnents to Circumcision for Phimosis in Children. Insight Urology, 31(2), 79–87. Retrieved from



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