General information on Phimosis
Phimosis is a condition in which the opening in the foreskin of the penis is too small for the penis to extend. In some cases of phimosis, the opening is so small that urine can only seep out in small drops. There are two main causes of phimosis. The first cause of phimosis is a birth defect. It is believed that phimosis being caused by a birth defect could be genetic. The second cause of phimosis is infections. Other causes of phimosis include inflammation, cancer, scar tissue, or an edema which is an accumulation of fluid in the penis.
Symptoms of Phimosis
Some of the symptoms of phimosis may be: urine that seeps out in small drops, excessive liking around the penis region, failed attempts to urinate, and the inability to breed.
Treatments for Phimosis
The treatment for phimosis is dependent on the cause of the phimosis. Should the cause of the phimosis be a birth defect, cancer, or scar tissue, then the treatment for the phimosis is surgery. The surgery involves enlarging the opening in the foreskin. Should the cause of the phimosis be an infection, then treating the infection typically corrects the phimosis. Should the treatment for the infection not correct the phimosis, then surgery may be necessary. When the cause of the phimosis is a birth defect, the phimosis is may be genetic and it is recommended that the affected cat is not used for breeding.
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