Higher risk of urinary tract infections for uncircumcised boys

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.

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

Related Stories

Urinary tract infections linked to contaminated chicken

date Feb 20, 2012

Urinary tract infections are common conditions that occur when bacteria from the intestines enter the urinary tract. New research, however, suggests that the bacteria causing these infections may come from contaminated food ...

Recommended for you

Aspirin to improve leg ulcers

date 1 hour ago

Researchers are looking at whether aspirin can improve the healing rates of leg ulcers in older adults.

Sierra Leone marks grim Ebola anniversary

date 5 hours ago

On May 24 last year a pregnant woman and an older housewife staggered into Kenema hospital in eastern Sierra Leone and were diagnosed within a day as the country's first Ebola cases.

MSF fighting cholera outbreak in Tanzania refugee camps

date May 24, 2015

Medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) said Sunday it had launched emergency treatment centres in Tanzania, where thousands of Burundians fleeing unrest have been hit by cholera.

Bacteria blamed in indigenous Mexican baby deaths

date May 23, 2015

Bacteria—and not a contaminated vaccine as initially suspected—were to blame for the recent deaths of two Mexican babies and for sickening 29 others, according to an official investigation.

User comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Jackoper
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
This comment has been removed by a moderator.
freethinking
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!

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.