Paraphimosis: current treatment options

Am Fam Physician. 2000 Dec 15;62(12):2623-6, 2628.


Paraphimosis is a urologic emergency, occurring in uncircumcised males, in which the foreskin becomes trapped behind the corona and forms a tight band of constricting tissue. Often iatrogenically induced, paraphimosis can be prevented by returning the prepuce to cover the glans following penile manipulation. Treatment often begins with reduction of edema, followed by a variety of options, including mechanical compression, pharmacologic therapy, puncture technique and dorsal slit. Prevention and early intervention are key elements in the management of paraphimosis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Male
  • Paraphimosis / drug therapy
  • Paraphimosis / etiology
  • Paraphimosis / physiopathology
  • Paraphimosis / surgery
  • Paraphimosis / therapy*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Teaching Materials