Synergism of clinical evaluation and penile sonographic imaging in diagnosis of penile fracture: A case report
Journal of Medical Case Reports
Urology Unit, Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria
Introduction. 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. Case presentation. 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. Conclusions: 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. © 2012 Bello; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
article; case report; echography; emergency ward; hematoma; human; male; micturition disorder; penile swelling; penis injury; physical examination; priority journal; urethral catheterization; urethrography