Symptoms and causes

What is it?

Phimosis or tight foreskin can give rise to paraphimosis. When the tight foreskin (phimosis) is retracted, the narrow ring of this foreskin is in front of the glans of the penis. The blood supply to all the tissue behind this narrow ring (i.e. the rest of the foreskin and the glans) is cut off. This is painful. Typically, the foreskin cannot be retracted over the head of the penis.

Diagnosis and treatment

This acute problem can often be solved with an incision of the tight foreskin. Over time, circumcision is usually unavoidable.

Treatment centres and specialisations

Urology Centre

Latest publication date: 25/01/2021
Supervising author: Dr Ameye Filip