Meatal stenosis after circumcision

Meatal stenosis is the most common long-term complication of male circumcision. Stenosis is a blockage or narrowing that develops in the opening of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the tip of the penis. Meatal stenosis often develops as the result of an open sore (ulcer) around the opening at the tip of the penis (glans).

This may occur in circumcised males because the foreskin no longer protects the penis from urine and stool.

Surgery is usually needed to fix it. Sometimes the condition occurs again after treatment.

Last Updated: January 29, 2010

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