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Broken penis? It’s OK, you can wait a week before getting surgery

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If you’ve broken your penis, you might think that you should get treatment right away. But the authors of a recent study suggest that you can wait several days and have the same outcomes — you know, if you have other priorities, or errands to run, anything like that.

The authors, urologists at Mansoura University in Egypt, treated 180 men for broken penises between January 1986 and May 2010. After dividing them into groups according to whether they showed up in the emergency room within 24 hours of their injury, they concluded in Urology:

Cases of penile fracture with early or delayed presentation up to 7 days should be managed surgically. Both groups have comparable excellent outcome with no serious long-term complications.

The study caught the eye of urologist Allen Morey, who showed his excitement in a comment in the Journal of Urology:

This is wonderful information for those with busy operative schedules accepting cases of suspected penile fracture—we can admit, image and stabilize them during a several day period before elective repair.

Wonderful information, indeed.

It’s unclear how often men break their penises, but it’s not uncommon, according to a 2009 story about the subject in Scientific American (which I commissioned while there, in the interests of full disclosure). Here’s more on the condition from that piece:

What exactly is broken penis syndrome?
It’s what we call penile fracture. It is a severe form of bending injury to the erect penis that occurs when a membrane called the tunica albuginea tears. The tunica albuginea surrounds the corpora cavernosa, specialized spongy tissue in the core of the penis that fills up with blood during an erection. When the tunica albuginea tears, the blood that is normally confined to this space leaks out into other tissues. You get bruising and swelling.

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Written by Ivan Oransky

October 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

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