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Keywords:

  • penis;
  • fracture;
  • MRI;
  • tunica;
  • tear

Associate Editor Michael G. Wyllie

Editorial Board Ian Eardley, UK Jean Fourcroy, USA Sidney Glina, Brazil Julia Heiman, USA Chris McMahon, Australia Bob Millar, UK Alvaro Morales, Canada Michael Perelman, USA Marcel Waldinger, Netherlands

OBJECTIVE

To present our experience with repairing penile fracture, based on clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings.

PATIENTS AND METHODS

Between December 2002 and October 2004, 14 men (19–64 years old) presented to our centre with a penile fracture. Two patients had urethral bleeding. MRI was used before surgery in all patients, and the repair comprised a localized longitudinal penile incision in 13 men. This incision was designed according to the tunical tear site and size already depicted by MRI. One case was managed conservatively, as MRI confirmed an intercavernosal haematoma with no tunical tear. The follow-up was 4–21 months.

RESULTS

The tear involved one corpus cavernosum in 11 patients; two were associated with urethral injury. The course after repair was uneventful in all men; the follow-up showed no erectile dysfunction in any. The patients reported neither pain nor penile curvature during erection.

CONCLUSION

MRI is a simple and informative investigation for evaluating and documenting a penile fracture, and it improves the management plan.