We have recently had the opportunity to see 3 cases of a very unusual complication of circumcision. Performers of ritual circumcision in Israel wrap the circumcised penis with a firm, circular bandage for hemostasis.
The three newborn infants we saw were brought to the emergency room about a day after the procedure because of restlessness, refusal to eat and occasional vomiting. One of the mothers noticed blue discoloration of her child's legs.
On examination, cyanosis of both lower extremities and a huge bladder were found in all three infants.