Serious complications of routine ritual circumcision in a neonate: hydro-ureteronephrosis, amputation of glans penis, and hyponatraemia

Eur J Pediatr. 1995 Apr;154(4):314-5.


A 13-day-old infant developed bilateral hydroureteronephrosis, severe hyponatraemia, hyperkalaemia, and acidosis, as a result of urethral damage following circumcision. The hydroureteronephrosis and biochemical abnormalities normalized after resolution of the penile injury. Conclusion. Infants with urinary retention following circumcision may develop hydro-ureteronephrosis and electrolyte disturbances. An awareness of the potential dangers of circumcision may help to limit its complications.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Ceremonial Behavior*
  • Circumcision, Male*
  • Humans
  • Hydronephrosis / etiology*
  • Hyponatremia / etiology*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Judaism*
  • Male
  • Necrosis
  • Penis / injuries*
  • Penis / pathology
  • Religion and Medicine*
  • Urethral Stricture / etiology
  • Urinary Retention / etiology*