Painless penile periurethral polymicrobial abscess causing urinary retention.

In contemporary urological practice periurethral abscesses are rare. We report the case of a 61-year-old presenting with a painless penile mass and urinary retention. He underwent imaging with ultrasonography, targeted antibiotics and successful source control through open incision and drainage. He has been symptom, recurrence and complication free at 24 months post intervention. Risk factors for abscesses include obstruction, trauma, urethral diverticula and urethral carcinoma. Inadequate detection and treatment may lead to urethral fistulae, strictures and rarely, necrotizing fasciitis. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a periurethral abscess presenting as a painless penile mass causing urinary retention.

Urology case reports. 2022 Mar 01*** epublish ***

Arsalan Tariq, Adam G Stewart, Patrick E Teloken, Nigel T Dunglison, Benjamin F Martin, Matthew J Roberts

Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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