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Elongation of the prepuce and constriction of the orifice, so that the foreskin cannot be retracted to uncover the glans penis.
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tightness and restricted mobility of the prepuce, or foreskin, preventing complete exposure of the glans penis. The condition may be congenital (it is considered physiologic up to the age of two or three) or acquired, resulting from balanoposthitis. A typical symptom is swelling of the preputial space during urination, caused by the accumulation of urine. If phimosis is pronounced, the urethra may widen and subsequently become inflamed. Phimosis is usually treated by surgical removal of the prepuce. In children, the prepuce can be stretched.

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