Buried, or hidden, penis can be apparent at birth but also develop later in life. Most common in infants and toddlers, it can occur in males of any age. The condition can be caused by abnormalities in the penis's ligaments, obesity or swelling around the scrotum. Buried penis can lead to physical and psychological problems. Treatment for the condition is usually surgical.
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).
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:
Buried penis often comes along with other physical and psychological problems.
Usually, a doctor can diagnose the condition with a visual and physical exam.
Buried penis can be difficult to treat both in children and adults. The treatment depends on the underlying cause. In infants and children; sometimes the condition goes away on its own. If buried penis occurs in adult men or does not resolve on its own in children, surgery may be needed. Each situation is different so no one surgical technique applies to every case. However, types of surgery include:
Buried penis also may be treated with:
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 12/18/2020.
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