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Analysis of shape and retractability of the prepuce in 603 Japanese boys.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8863623     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: We evaluated preputial development in Japanese boys. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Preputial retractability and formation of a tight ring were evaluated in 603 Japanese boys 0 to 15 years old. RESULTS: The incidence of a completely retractable prepuce gradually increased from 0% at age 6 months to 62.9% by 11 to 15 years, while that of a tight ring decreased with age from 84.3 to 8.6%. Nine boys had balanoposthitis but none had a symptomatic urinary tract infection. CONCLUSIONS: Incomplete separation of the prepuce is common and normal in neonates and infants, and preputial separation progresses until adolescence. Awareness of these findings will eliminate unnecessary circumcision in boys.
H Kayaba; H Tamura; S Kitajima; Y Fujiwara; T Kato; T Kato
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of urology     Volume:  156     ISSN:  0022-5347     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Urol.     Publication Date:  1996 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-11-27     Completed Date:  1996-11-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376374     Medline TA:  J Urol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1813-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Fujiwara Memorial Hospital, Akita, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Infant, Newborn
Penis / growth & development*,  physiology*

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