Date: July 09, 2018
“Factors Associated with Early Deaths Following Neonatal Male Circumcision in the United States, 2001-2010. Authors: Brian D. Earp, Veerajalandhar Allareddy, Veerasathpurush Allareddy, Alexandre T. Rotta (in press). Online version ahead of print at
“We sought to quantify early deaths following neonatal circumcision (same hospital admission) and to identify factors associated with such mortality. We performed a retrospective analysis of all infants who underwent circumcision in an inpatient hospital setting during the first 30 days of life from 2001-2010 using the National Inpatient Sample. Over 10 years, 200 early deaths were recorded among 9,899,110 subjects (1 death per 49,166 circumcisions). Note: this figure should not be interpreted as causal but correlational: it may include both under-counting and over-counting of deaths attributable to circumcision. Compared to survivors, subjects who died following newborn circumcision were more likely to have associated co-morbid conditions, such as cardiac disease, coagulopathy, fluid and electrolyte disorders, or pulmonary circulatory disorders. Recognizing these factors could inform clinical and parental decisions, potentially reducing associated risks.”
Abstract from a second paper entitled Lost Boys, An Estimate of U.S. Circumcision-Related Infant Deaths by Dan Bollinger, dated 7 December 2017,
“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.”
The Bollinger paper goes on to say that: “Medical associations fail to warn parents of the very real risk of death from circumcision. Neither the American Academy of Pediatrics, nor the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, nor the American Medical Association mentions death as a possible outcome of the surgery in their policy statements on circumcision. The American Academy of Family Physicians statement says death is possible, but (according to this study’s findings) significantly under-reports the risk as 1/500,000.”
Thank you, to feinmann0
Failing to inform that death is possible…Isn’t that some type of malpractice?