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Electrocautery-induced gangrene of the glans penis in a child following circumcision
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    Poor conclusions

    The correct learning points from this case study would be to dissuade physicians from the circumcision of minors. When describing it as 'relatively safe', you fail to recognise that all circumcision causes harm - pain, both short and long term, and the removal of tissue and penile structures that can never be replaced. This makes it an unethical surgery when you consider that a) There is a wealth of evidence to suggest tha...

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    Devastating consequences which are avoidable

    Even given the frequent but absurd claims that circumcision itself is not harmful, this is a reminder that this practice has the potential for devastating consequences.

    The authors allude to the circumcision as a religious and traditional ritual in some cultures and as such this case would appear to arise out of traditional practices rather than therapeutic need. For a child to suffer this when the operation was t...

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