What is hidden penis?
A hidden penis, also called a buried penis or concealed penis, is a penis that is partially or completely hidden under the scrotum or skin of the pubic area. A hidden penis is usually average size and functions the same as a typical penis. In severe cases, the shaft and head of the penis may not be visible at all.
What causes hidden penis?
Hidden penis can be congenital (present at birth) or it can develop later in life. If present at birth, the condition might be caused by abnormalities to the ligaments that attach to the penis.
When hidden penis occurs after birth, causes can include:
- Morbid obesity, which may result in excess fat around the pubic area, causing the penis to become buried
- Lymphedema, when lymph fluid collects around the scrotum area, causing it to swell
- Circumcision, which can change the contours of the penis if too much or not enough of the foreskin is removed, making it more susceptible to becoming hidden or buried
Who gets hidden penis?
Hidden penis is more often found in male infants and toddlers, rather than older boys and men. By the time males reach adolescence or adulthood, their regular growth cycle usually helps resolve most medical complications that may cause the condition.
What are the signs and symptoms of hidden penis?
A hidden penis appears buried either within a fat pad or within the scrotum. Sometimes boys with this condition have problems with urine leakage.
While hidden penis is simply a cosmetic concern in most cases, it can sometimes lead to issues urinating, urinary tract infections, inflammation and difficulty getting an erection. Many times, hidden penis is not a medical concern, but can sometimes lead to psychological issues like low self-esteem and depression.
How do we diagnose hidden penis?
No tests are necessary to make the diagnosis, your child’s doctor will simply do a visual and physical examination.
How is hidden penis treated?
In most cases, treatment for hidden penis isn’t necessary. As the child grows, the problem usually corrects itself. If obesity is causing the hidden penis, weight loss can often help. If hidden penis causes lasting problems with urination, your child’s doctor may recommend surgery.
Why choose us for treatment of hidden penis?
Hidden penis is most common in infants and toddlers. Our vast experience in working with children helps us know when a condition such as hidden penis might resolve itself as your child grows or might need medical intervention.