Higher risk of urinary tract infections for uncircumcised boys

July 9, 2012

Uncircumcised boys are at higher risk of urinary tract infection, regardless of whether the urethra is visible, found a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Urinary tract infections are one of the most common serious bacterial infections in children and, if not treated, can cause an infection of the blood or the kidneys.

To determine whether the risk for infection is higher in boys with a visible urethral meatus, researchers looked at a cross-section of 393 boys who visited an with symptoms of a possible urinary tract infection. Of the 393 boys, 40 were uncircumcised and had a visible urethral meatus, 269 had a partially or nonvisible meatus, and 84 were circumcised.

"We thought that incomplete foreskin retractability with a poorly visible urethral meatus may be associated with increased risk of urinary tract infection," writes Dr. Sasha Dubrovsky, Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, with coauthors. "However, we found no difference in risk with degree of visibility of the urethral opening."

The researchers did find that boys with a completely visible urethral meatus were at higher risk of infection, but recommended interpreting this result with caution given the small sample size of the group and that other studies have not found this association.

"We suggest that clinicians should consider circumcision status alone, not the degree of urethral visibility, when stratifying risk for boys presenting to the emergency department with symptoms or signs suggestioning a ," they conclude.

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More information: www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.111372

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Jackoper
not rated yet Jul 09, 2012
The problem is the advice of doctors and nurses leading to parents retracting the babies foreskin and "cleaning" the penis. The "cleaning" messes with the sterile package and instead of cleaning, it introduces the problem.

That natural penis boys have more infections is at least in part based on part BAD medical advice. It is now known that boys that are natural should not have their foreskin touched by others. The US medical advice was to pull it back and scrub with soap. That causes problems including infections.

It the retraction thing would stop, the infection rate of all boys would be about the same.
PeterD
Jul 09, 2012
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freethinking
not rated yet Jul 09, 2012
I do not support circumcision at all. I too believe that its best left alone. But what I find amusing is that the progressives in Europe are trying to prevent circumcisions, calling it criminal abuse, while progressives here are trying to get everyone cut to prevent AIDS.

How about this, PROGRESSIVES get out of the way of parents rights and let parents decide what is best for their kids!

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