Contraindications to Routine Circumcision

For practioners who are asked to perform circumcisions, it it critical to know when to say "no". Although uncommon individually, there are several conditions that are considered contraindications to circumcision, so it is not unusual for a physician with a busy practice to have several patients who would not be candidates for routine neonatal cirucumcision.

Anatomic Contraindications to Neonatal Circumcision

Medical Contraindications to Neonatal Circumcision

  • Any current illness or medical condition that requires monitoring
  • Age less than 12 - 24 hours
  • Known bleeding diathasis (e.g. hemophilia or thrombocytopenia)
  • Disorders of the skin or connective tissue that would impair normal healing

Other Contraindications

  • Informed parental consent has not been obtained


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Please Note

This resource is not an exhaustive review. Conditions other than those noted below may also preclude routine circumcision. When in doubt, a pediatric urologist should be consulted and the procedure deferred until it is determined to be safe.