Muhammad Safdar Khan, Shehzad Anwar, Khalid Butt, Abdul Mannan, Riaz A Tasneem.
Meatal stenosis in circumcised males — Is it preventable?.
Ann King Edward Med Uni Jan ;13(1):78-80.
Meatal stenosis is most commonly seen among the circumcised males. The true incidence of this post circumcision complication is not known. The most favored hypothesis regarding the etiology is ammoniacal fumes produced in the wet diapers, which cause meatitis of unprotected glans. It is treated by meatoplasty. 26 pediatric patients suffering from meatal stenosis were treated between Jan. 2003 and Dec. 2005 both inclusive (Mean age was 4.36 years and ranging 2 - 10) and mean follow up was 4 months. Patients were studied for presenting symptoms, size of meatus, perimeatal balanitis, pyuria and postoperative complications such as bleeding, infection and recurrence. They were advised postoperative dilatation with ophthalmic ointment nozzle for one month. Patients with prior history of circumcision were included in the study. The most common symptom in our study was thinning of urinary stream 17 ( 65.4%) cases. Other common symptoms were painful micturition in eight and bloody spotting in seven cases. Eight patients were having pin hole meatus and three cases were having pyuria. Compliance for post operative dilatation was 76.9% (20 cases). No case of recurrence was seen. It can be concluded that meatal stenosis is related to infant circumcision. It is treated by meatoplasty with satisfactory outcome. Whether we would be able to prevent this post circumcision complication ? There is no obvious solution to this problem for the time being.
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