African Journal of Paediatric Surgery

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Does circumcision alter the periurethral uropathogenic bacterial flora

MA Laway, ML Wani, R Patnaik, D Kakru, S Ismail, AH Shera, KA Shiekh


Background: The aim of this study was to assess the pattern of periurethral bacterial flora in uncircumcised boys and to evaluate the effect of circumcision on alteration of periurethral uropathogenic bacterial flora.

Materials and Methods: Pattern of periurethral bacterial flora before and after circumcision was studied prospectively in 124 boys. The results were analysed to compare change in bacterial colonisation before and after circumcision.

Results: The age range was 6 weeks to 96 months. Most (94.3%) of the boys had religious indication and 5.7% had medical indication for circumcision. E. coli, Proteus and Klebsiella were most common periurethral bacterial flora in uncircumcised subjects. Coagulase-negative staphylococcus and Staphylococcus aureus was most common periurethral bacterial flora in circumcised subjects. In 66.1% of circumcised subjects, no bacteria were grown from periurethral region.

Conclusion: We conclude that presence of prepuce is associated with great quantity of periurethral bacteria, greater likelihood of the presence of high concentration of uropathogens and high incidence of urinary tract infection (UTI). This study provides circumstantial evidence supporting the idea that early circumcision may be beneficial for prevention of UTI.

Key words: Circumcision, periurethral bacterial flora, uropathogen
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