Fracture of the Penis

No, itís not a myth; it can happen if undue force is applied to an erect penis.

Symptoms include

  • Immediate loss of erection
  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • A cracking noise
  • Bleeding from the urethra
  • These symptoms are actually caused by a tear in the tunica albuginea, which is a tough, fibrous layer covering the corpora cavernosa**
Anyone suspecting that they may have injured their penis in this way should seek help and advice. Treatment usually consists of
  • Ice packs
  • Painkillers
  • Support
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen
These measures usually result in a satisfactory outcome in the majority of cases, a satisfactory outcome being measured by normal functioning and no residual anatomical deformity (eg angled erection).

Investigations are likely to be needed to determine the extent of the injury and include ultrasound, xrays and occasionally mri scan. Surgery may be necessary to repair the damage.

**the part of the penis which becomes swollen and engorged with blood, producing an erection.

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This article published on
08 February 2006

Next review date 2/1/2013


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