A neglected gland: a review of Cowper's gland


Srinivas Pentyala PhD, Department of Anesthesiology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8093, USA.
E-mail: spentyala@notes.cc.sunysb.edu


Cowper's glands are pea sized glands present inferior to the prostate gland in the male reproductive system. They produce thick clear mucus prior to ejaculation that drains into the spongy urethra. Though it is well established that the function of the Cowper's gland secretions is to neutralize traces of acidic urine in the urethra, knowledge regarding the various lesions and associated complications of this gland is scarce. This review provides a comprehensive report on the development, function and various lesions associated with Cowper's gland.