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Circumcision is one of the oldest of elective medical procedures. In the past decade, however, mounting opposition to routine circumcision of newborns has developed. That trend is reflected in the most recent (1983) statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that "there is no absolute medical indication for routine circumcision."

Now, a report in the April PEDIATRICS adds a new and confusing twist to the debate.

In an eight-year study of 500 boys, researchers from the Christchurch (New Zealand) School of Medicine found that, compared with uncircumcised boys, circumcised children had five times the risk of penile problems during the first year of life. But in the years after infancy it was uncircumcised boys who had more trouble. Problems included various types of penile inflammation, and were not correlated with other social or medical factors. The study fails to support strong positions either in favor of or against routine neonatal circumcision, the researchers conclude.

An AAP task force is reassessing its position on circumcision and expects to release its recommendations by the end of the year.
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Publication:Science News
Date:Apr 30, 1988
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