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Accumulation of smegma?

Discussion in 'Urology' started by osteodoct, May 1, 2007.

  1. osteodoct

    osteodoct Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2005
    Can anyone help me with any research/info out there on the accumulation of smegma in uncircumcised boys? While on peds, one of the patients had a collection of substance under his foreskin that caused him pain x1 week. Pt had hx of not retracting/cleaning under foreskin. We expressed alot of white, thick, liquid from around the foreskin, but could not retract foreskin secondary to pain. We had thought it might have been an abscess, but cultures came back negative, so we now assume it was smegma collection that liquified. Any budding urologists have insight or resources on subject?
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  3. bobbyseal

    bobbyseal Boat boy 10+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2003
    Those were keratin pearls under his foreskin. Smegma forms in postpubertal boys/men.

    It caused him pain likely because you were retracting his foreskin which had some adhesions to his glans.

    These adhesions typically wear away as a boy begins to get erections.
  4. driedcaribou

    driedcaribou Senior Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Oct 18, 2003

    "The fusion of the foreskin to the underlying glans penis is often improperly called "adhesions." The fused foreskin and glans will often separate by age 3-5, but sometimes this takes longer. Øster observed boys in which this normal process was not completed until after puberty.6

    Thorvaldsen and Meyhoff (2005)

    Thorvaldsen conducted a survey of young men in Denmark. They found that the average age of first foreskin retraction is 10.4 years.20

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