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).
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:
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.
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 there is no one surgical technique that applies to every case. However, types of surgery include:
Buried penis also may be treated with:
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