alexa Penile fracture: Long term outcome of immediate surgical intervention
Reproductive Medicine

Reproductive Medicine

Reproductive System & Sexual Disorders: Current Research

Author(s): El Housseiny I Ibrahiem, Hossam S ElTholoth, Tarek Mohsen, Ihab A Hekal, Ahmed ElAssmy

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Objectives: To assess the etiology and the late effects of penile fractures treated by immediate surgical intervention.

Methods: Between 1986 and 2008, a total of 155 patients with penile fracture were treated surgically in our center. The interval from injury to presentation was between 1 and 96 hours. Those patients were contacted by mail or phone and were re-evaluated. All patients were re-evaluated by questionnaire and local examination. Patients with erectile dysfunction were evaluated by color Doppler ultrasonography.

Results: The most common cause of fracture of penis is sexual intercourse (51.5%). Unilateral and bilateral corporeal ruptures were present in 139 (89.7%) and 3 (1.9%) cases, respectively, whereas no tunical tear was found in 13 (8.4%) cases. Concomitant urethral injury was present in 14 (9%) cases. Long-term follow-up (>12 months) was available for 141 patients; among whom there was no complications in 108 (77%), painful erection in 2 (1.3%), penile deviation in 5 (3.2%), both in 1 (0.7%), erectile dysfunction in 11 (7.8%), and palpable scaring in 14 (10%). Scar formation was highly associated using nonabsorbable sutures (P <.001).

Conclusions: Vigorous sexual intercourse was found to be the most common cause of penile fracture. Immediate surgical intervention has low morbidity, short hospital stay, rapid functional recovery, and no serious long-term sequelae. Nonabsorbable sutures should be avoided as it has a higher incidence of scar formation.

This article was published in Urology and referenced in Reproductive System & Sexual Disorders: Current Research

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