Phimosis and Buried Penis

  • Navroop Johal
  • Peter CuckowEmail author
Part of the Springer Surgery Atlas Series book series (SPRISURGERY)


The term phimosis, derived from the Greek word meaning to muzzle, is a descriptive term referring to the natural conical shape of the foreskin in early life. This shape prevents its retraction and keeps the glans of the penis covered. Additionally, the inner surface of the prepuce is initially fused with the outer surface of the glans. Widening of the narrow tip of the prepuce, combined with separation of its inner adhesions, occurs during childhood to allow full retraction and uncovering of the glans by puberty.


Phimosis Buried penis Circumcision 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Paediatric UrologyGreat Ormond Street HospitalLondonUK

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