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    Few Adverse Effects In Male Circumcision
    By News Staff | May 12th 2014 10:42 PM | 1 comment | Print | E-mail | Track Comments


    The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its
    male circumcision
    guidance to say that the benefits justify access to the procedure for families who choose it. There has been debate about whether
    male circumcision
     should be considered a public health action because of its potential protective effect against acquisition of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as suggested in three randomized controlled trials. A part of the debate surrounds the rate of adverse events. 

    Charbel El Bcheraoui, Ph.D., of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, and colleagues found a low rate of adverse events was associated with male circumcision when the procedure was performed during the first year of life, but the risk was 10 to 20 times higher when boys were circumcised after infancy. 


    The authors selected 41 possible
    adverse events
    of 
    male circumcision
    based on a literature review and medical billing codes. They used data from a large administrative claims data set and records were available for about 1.4 million circumcised males - 93.3 percent as newborns. 


    Results: The rate of total
    adverse events
    from
    male circumcision
    was slightly less than 0.5 percent. The rates of potentially serious
    adverse events
    from
    male circumcision
    ranged from 0.76 per million  male circumcisions for stricture of the male genital organs to 703.23 per million for repair of an incomplete circumcision.

    Compared with boys circumcised at younger than 1 year of age, the incidence of probable adverse events  was 20-fold and 10-fold greater for boys circumcised at age 1 to 9 years and at 10 years or older.


    "Given the current debate about whether male circumcision should be delayed from infancy to adulthood for autonomy reasons, our results are timely and can help physicians counsel parents about circumcising their sons."



    Article: JAMA Pediatr. Published online May 12, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5414. Source: The JAMA Network Journals


    Comments

    Very sad that little boys can be mutilated like this without their consent and that they suffer terrible pain in the process and that some scientists even condone this procedure Babies lose faith that anyone is looking after them during this procedure. I know beause I have witnessed it first hand. No wonder circumcised adult males cause so much angst in the world.