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Study: Circumcision Complications Very Rare

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A father holds a child during a circumcision ceremony. (credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A father holds a child during a circumcision ceremony. (credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – According to a new study, only 0.5 percent of boys in the United States develop complications related to circumcisions.

Researchers found that the risk is lowest in newborn babies; however, it increases almost 20 times for boys who are circumcised after the age of 1.

Researchers analyzed data of 1.4 million boys who were circumcised between 2001 and 2010 in the United States.

“Part of the debate about whether male circumcision should be recommended is about the adverse events of it,” Charbel El Bcheraoui, acting assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, and a researcher on the study, told LiveScience. “If you are considering this for your children or yourself as an adult, or if you’re a clinician counseling your patient about circumcision, what you need to know is that the risk of complications is low, and is lowest at the first year of life.”

The study showed that about 4,000 boys showed signs of complications; and the most common ones were minor, such as bleeding and minor wounds.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of newborn boys who are circumcised in the United States has been declining in recent decades.

The study was published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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