Penile adhesions occur when a part of the foreskin adheres to the penis head or glans. While there is much discussion regarding the role circumcision has in their development, the frequency of penile adhesions is approximately equal in circumcised and uncircumcised boys. Most occurrences are reported during youth, although grown men may also develop them. Fortunately, penile adhesions do not adversely affect overall health, though they can be problematic if not treated properly.
When a male embryo develops, the skin of the glans fuses with the prepuce or shaft skin. Over time, these fused layers begin to separate. This is a natural occurrence and can take anywhere from a few months to several years. Upon completion of this process, the glans and the shaft skin or foreskin become two separate anatomical parts. However, if these two layers do not maintain separate mobility, they may grow back together and form penile adhesions.
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