Ischemia of the glans 24 hours after circumcision: A case report and therapeutic solution

Irene Mittino, Mattia Sangalli, Fabio Fabbri, Francesco Sozzi, Massimo Ghezzi, Giuseppe Zanni, Andrea Cestari

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INTRODUCTION:: Circumcision is a common surgical procedure, typically performed under local anesthesia and somehow also as outpatient clinic. Although complications are rare and most frequently related to the procedure itself, ischemia of the glans may occur as a major complication and can be related to local ischemia following dorsal penile nerve block. CASE DESCRIPTION:: We describe the case of a 33-year-old patient who underwent circumcision at our institution and, 24 h after the procedure, developed an acute ischemia of the glans; a re-intervention was performed in emergency setting to ensure a large, not-tightened circular suture under the glans, and low-molecular-weight heparin and antiplatelet therapy was introduced to achieve anti-coagulative/antiaggregant effects. After 48 h, the skin returned to its normal color and in 7 days the penile glans achieved complete remission of the ischemic aspect. A 6-month follow-up confirmed regular outcomes with normal erectile functions. CONCLUSION:: The treatment we proposed to treat acute post-circumcision ischemia of the glans is a simple and effective one, with a perfect aesthetic and functional outcome observed within 4 weeks and confirmed at 6-month follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-176
Number of pages3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2018


  • Circumcision complication
  • glans ischemia
  • surgical treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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