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Lost Boys

An Estimate of U.S. Circumcision-Related Infant Deaths

Dan Bollinger

Keywords: male; infant; death; mortality; neonatal; circumcision; penis; foreskin; United States

Abstract

Baby boys can and do succumb as a result of having their foreskin removed. Circumcision-related mortality rates are not known with certainty; this study estimates the scale of this problem. This study finds that approximately 117 neonatal circumcision-related deaths (9.01/100,000) occur annually in the United States, about 1.3% of male neonatal deaths from all causes. Because infant circumcision is elective, all of these deaths are avoidable. This study also identifies reasons why accurate data on these deaths are not available, some of the obstacles to preventing these deaths, and some solutions to overcome them.

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Bollinger, Dan - Boy’s Health Advisory