What is paraphimosis?

Dr. Reed, Are phimosis and paraphimosis similar?  Justin

Dear Justin,  

Paraphimosis occurs when a phimosis is retracted on the penile shaft.  This results in “waist band” swelling which can threaten distal shaft and glans viability.  This may rapidly become an emergency condition.  I have seen this occasionally, when on call, in children and usually can be manually reduced in the emergency room.  Consideration later on may be given to a elective circumcision.


Harold M,. Reed, M.D.
The Reed Centre for Ambulatory Surgery | Miami

early paraphimosis picture

more advanced paraphimosis picture with distal shaft swelling

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