What is buried penis?

Buried penis is a condition that can affect boys and adult men. In this condition, the penis is of normal size but is hidden under the skin of the abdomen, thigh, or scrotum (sac beneath the penis that holds the testicles).

What causes buried penis?

There are a number of causes of buried penis. Buried or hidden penis can be present at birth or may develop later in life. It is seen more often in infants and toddlers than in older boys and men.

Some of the most common causes include:

  • Abnormalities that are present at birth: The ligaments that attach the penis to underlying structures may be weaker than usual.
  • Morbid obesity: Excess fat around the abdomen and genital area can make the penis appear to be hidden.
  • Lymphedema: Swelling around the scrotum area due to the collection of lymph fluid may cause the penis to become buried inside tissue.

Buried penis often comes along with other physical problems. Boys and men may be unable to urinate while standing, or even sitting, without getting drops of urine on the skin of the scrotum or thighs. Infections in the urinary tract and the genital area are common. The skin covering the head of the penis may become inflamed. Men may be unable to get an erection. If they do get an erection, it may be painful and/or may not be able to penetrate a vagina.

Psychological problems linked to buried penis may be present in boys and men, who may have issues like low self-esteem and depression.

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