Skin bridge

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A skin bridge is a well-known and well-documented iatrogenic complication of infant circumcision.[1]

Infant circumcision requires that the foreskin first be torn from the glans penis by passing a blunt probe under the foreskin to rip the synechia that binds the infant foreskin to the glans penis and separate the foreskin so that it may be amputated. This leaves the surface of the glans penis in a raw condition.

The wound of an infant circumcision is not sutured so the remnant of the foreskin is free to fall where it may. In some cases it falls into contact with the raw glans penis and adheres, forming a skin bridge.[2]

Skin bridges may be corrected by a urologist.[3]

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External links

  • REFweb Young, Hugh. A Gallery of Circumcisions 1. Skin-bridges, Retrieved 17 June 2020.
    Quote: A skin-bridge is formed when the raw remnant where the foreskin was cut attaches to the raw surface of the glans and heals that way. This happens after the doctor has lost interest in the case and the mother, who has been told her son's circumcised penis is now "low maintenance" and has no idea what it is "supposed" to look like, does not notice that anything is the matter.

See photographs on page 103 et seq.


  1. REFjournal Krill, Aaron J., Palmer, Lane S., Palmer, Jeffrey S.. Complications of circumcision. ScientificWorldJournal. 26 December 2011; 11: 2458-68. PMID. PMC. DOI. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  2. REFjournal Gracely-Kilgore K. Penile adhesion: the hidden complication of circumcision. Nurse Pract. 1984; 9(5): 22-4. PMID. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  3. REFjournal Snodgrass, Warren. Extensive skin bridging with glans epithelium replacement by penile shaft skin following newborn circumcision. J Pediatr Urol. December 2006; 2(6): 555-8. PMID. DOI. Retrieved 4 June 2021.