Research Article

Therapeutic retraction of the foreskin in childhood.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 286 doi: (Published 15 January 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;286:186
  1. G G Cooper,
  2. G J Thomson,
  3. P A Raine


    A retrospective study was conducted of 91 boys who had had a non-retractable but non-fibrosed prepuce treated by retraction under general anaesthesia. Of the 79 boys who had had symptoms, 67 (85%) obtained relief. Twelve of the 91 patients were later circumcised because of continuing problems. Retraction of the foreskin alone is a simple and effective alternative to circumcision in managing most boys with a symptomatic, non-retractable prepuce.