Zip-related genital injury
Version of Record online: 13 MAR 2013
© 2013 BJU International
Volume 112, Issue 2, pages E191–E194, July 2013
How to Cite
Bagga, H. S., Tasian, G. E., McGeady, J., Blaschko, S. D., McCulloch, C. E., McAninch, J. W. and Breyer, B. N. (2013), Zip-related genital injury. BJU International, 112: E191–E194. doi: 10.1111/bju.12009
- Issue online: 25 JUN 2013
- Version of Record online: 13 MAR 2013
- NIH grant. Grant Numbers: K12DK083021, T32HD060550
- NIH/NCRR UCSF-CTSI Grant. Grant Number: UL1 RR024131
- genitourinary system;
- consumer product safety;
- To describe the epidemiology of genital injuries caused by trouser zips and to educate both consumers and the caregivers of patients who sustain such injuries.
Patients and Methods
- The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, a dataset validated to provide a probability sample of patients who present to emergency departments (EDs) in the USA with injuries, was analysed to characterize zip-related genital injuries occurring between 2002 and 2010.
- A total of 523 cases were analysed to obtain national estimates.
- Between 2002 and 2010, an estimated 17 616 patients presented to US EDs with trouser zip injuries to the genitals.
- The penis was almost always the only genital organ involved.
- Zip injuries represented nearly one-fifth of all penile injuries.
- Amongst adults, zips were the most frequent cause of penile injuries.
- Annual zip-related genital injury incidence remained stable over the study period.
- Zip-related genital injuries affect both paediatric and adult cohorts.
- Practitioners should be familiar with various zip-detachment strategies for these populations.