The common indication for circumcision is cultural or religious desire for circumcision. Other indications (rare):
- treatment for inability to pull back the foreskin completely (phimosis)
- infection of the penis (balanitis)
Review Date 11/19/2015
Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.