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Phimosis and Paraphimosis: Signs and Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of phimosis/paraphimosis?

Phimosis: A child may experience bulging of the foreskin during urination (called ballooning), pain with retraction of the foreskin and infections of the head of the penis. If these signs and symptoms are present, contact the Children's Hospital Colorado urology team.

Paraphimosis: A child may experience pain, discoloration and swelling of the penis with full retraction of the foreskin. The foreskin may not be able to be pulled back over the tip of the penis. This is a medical emergency and requires immediate visit to your primary care doctor or the Emergency Department.