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Paraphimosis is a topic covered in the 5-Minute Emergency Consult.

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  • The entrapment of the retracted foreskin proximal to the glans of the penis
  • Leads to lymphatic congestion and venous obstruction, which may result in arterial compromise to the glans
  • Paraphimosis is a urologic emergency.


  • A number of conditions of the foreskin may predispose to paraphimosis, including:
    • Phimosis
    • Inflammation
    • Trauma
    • Sexually naive may be unaware of the need to reduce foreskin after intercourse
  • Commonly iatrogenic, from failure to replace the foreskin after exam, catheterization, or cleaning

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TY - ELEC T1 - Paraphimosis ID - 307192 ED - Barkin,Adam Z, ED - Barkin,Roger M, ED - Hayden,Stephen R, ED - Rosen,Peter, ED - Schaider,Jeffrey J, ED - Shayne,Philip, ED - Wolfe,Richard E, BT - 5-Minute Emergency Consult UR - https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307192/all/Paraphimosis PB - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ET - 5 DB - Emergency Central DP - Unbound Medicine ER -