Pediatric Penile Torsion

Pediatric Penile Torsion

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Summary

Penile torsion causes a baby boy’s penis to appear to be rotated – or twisted – on its axis.

Expanded overview

Pediatric penile torsion is a fairly common congenital (present at birth) condition that can affect any male baby. This condition causes the penis to appear to be rotated – or twisted – on its axis. Almost always, this twist occurs to the left (counter-clockwise). Penile torsion can range from mild to severe and has not been shown to affect sexual function or reproduction.

Causes

Penile torsion occurs when the skin and connective tissue of the penis do not form properly in the womb.

Symptoms

A rotated or twisted penis typically causes no other symptoms.  

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