Synergism of clinical evaluation and penile sonographic imaging in diagnosis of penile fracture: a case report
Urology unit, Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:321 doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-321Published: 25 September 2012
Penile fracture is an uncommon urologic emergency, and is the traumatic rupture of the tunica albuginea covering the corpus cavernosa. This usually occurs following blunt trauma sustained during coitus, masturbation or self-manipulations to hide or suppress an erection. Clinical diagnosis can often be easily made with typical history and examination findings. However, the patient may present atypically and/or with a suspicion of associated urethral injury. The roles of various diagnostic investigations are being evaluated in these situations.
We report the case of a 31-year-old African man with penile fracture and suspected associated urethral injury that occurred after self-manipulations to hide an erection.
Penile ultrasound and sonourethrography provide useful additional diagnostic information to supplement clinical history and physical examination findings and can be performed easily, at low cost and with no delays to surgery.