General information on Phimosis
Phimosis, also known as strictured foreskin, is a condition in which the opening of the sheath is very small. The small opening of the sheath prevents the penis extending and, in more severe cases, interferes with the flow of urine. Phimosis may occur as a birth defect or later during adulthood. When phimosis occurs as a birth defect, the condition is referred to as neonatal phimosis. Neonatal phimosis is most commonly seen in German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. Phimosis that occurs in adulthood is typically caused by and infection to the sheath, congenital defects, edemas, scar tissue, and neoplasia cancer.
Symptoms of Phimosis
Some of the symptoms of phimosis may be: inability to urinate, urine collection in the preputial cavity, urine trickles out, obstructed flow of urine, trauma to the penis, unsuccessful attempts to copulate, and excessive licking of the penis.
Treatments for Phimosis
The treatment for phimosis is dependent of the cause of the phimosis. Should the cause of the phimosis be an infection, then typically treatment of the underlying infection will cure the phimosis. Most cases of phimosis require surgery to enlarge the opening of the sheath. Should the phimosis be present from birth, then treatment is required immediately.
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