What is buried penis?
Buried penis syndrome, also known as ‘concealed penis’, is a condition where the penis is inadequately exposed. It barely protrudes from the abdominal wall. The degree of concealment varies along with the cause for this condition.
Buried penis may be the result of ‘baby fat’ covering the child’s pubic bone, loose attachment in the skin at the base of the penis, additional skin left after circumcision or skin tissue attaching the scrotum to the penile shaft, and other similar abnormalities.
However in most children, the condition may result from another disorder as well.
What causes buried penis?
This condition may be a congenital (birth) defect in some children which results in limited development of the penis which restricts it from being extended completely.
At other times, a permanent layer of fatty tissue can also conceal the penis. It can also happen after an incorrect circumcision procedure.
This condition is most common in infants and toddlers, while it may be seen in older children and obese adolescents as well.
How is buried penis diagnosed?
A routine physical exam can help to diagnose buried penis syndrome. In case the penis is extendable through manual manipulation then the doctor will mostly advise simple management techniques to correct the condition.
In some cases, surgery may be required where extensive correction is required. Both these treatment methods work effectively when performed by expert surgeons in India.
The patient is able to recover from the surgical treatment with no risks of complications.
How is buried penis treated?
In certain cases, the condition improves on its own without the need for surgical treatment. In other cases, corrective measures need to be taken to ensure a normal appearance and function in the penis.
An expert pediatric urologist should be ideally consulted by the parents who can help them understand the condition and its treatment in detail. The type of treatment mainly depends on the specific symptoms of the condition.