Few Risks Or Benefits Found In Circumcision
January 11, 2000
Circumcising newborn males causes virtually no medical harm, but offers practically no benefit, concludes a study in Pediatrics.
- Infants who are circumcised have a 1-in-476 chance of complications; by comparison, there is a 1-in-20 chance of complications from refractive eye surgery.
- But circumcision has little or no benefit in preventing urinary tract infections and penile cancers, say the researchers.
The study was based on a review of 354,297 boys born in Washington state hospitals from 1987 to 1996, and was led by Dimitri Christakis of the University of Washington Child Health Institute.
Source: Michelle Healy, "Circumcision Risks Rare," USA Today, January 11, 2000.
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