Fractured Penis: Not So Rare!

Penile fracture is a relatively common phenomenon. The main problem associated with this condition is the lack of patients' awareness on the urgency of the situation. This study reports the different modes of presentations and treatment results.

We reviewed 21 cases of penile fracture over 5 years. Parameters were mode of injury, age group, time interval before presentation, management, site of injury, urethral involvement, results, complications and erectile function at follow-up.

The mean age of patients was 34 years, the mean time interval until presentation was 26 h. Cases involving the right corpus cavernosum comprised 57.14% and 42.85% were cases involving the left corpus cavernosum. Two patients had full circumferential urethral tear. Two patients developed wound infections and 2 patients developed mild penile curvature (<30°). These 4 patients had all presented late for treatment (>40 h).

Urologists need to consider penile fracture a urological emergency and atypical presentations need to be considered when deciding on management.

Urologia internationalis. 2017 May 11 [Epub]

Ashwin S Tamhankar, Prakash W Pawar, Ajit S Sawant, Gaurav V Kasat, Abhishek Savaliya, Shankar Mundhe, Sunil Patil, Sayalee Narwade

Department of Urology, LokmanyaTilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai, India.