Penile trauma can be the result of a number of mechanisms. It can damage either the erect or flaccid penis. Penile fracture can occur to the erect penis, producing damage to the fascia of the penis. Penetrating trauma can disrupt any compartment of the penis. Avulsion, or degloving injuries, can produce partial or complete loss of skin of the penis. The urethra can be disrupted by faulty catheterization or surgery or external trauma.
Causes of Penile Trauma
Trauma, either external or internal is the major cause of penile injuries. It may be blunt or penetrating.
Signs and Symptoms of Penile Trauma
Penile fracture leads to loss of erection. The penis appears bruised and swollen. Deformity of the penis may occur. Due to swelling, it may not be possible to urinate. Penetrating trauma can lead to injury to the skin, the urethra and the specially developed organs that maintain erection. Avulsion injuries can deglove the shaft of the penis. There is significant bleeding and pain. Urethral injuries can block urination. blood in the urine occurs. There may be external trauma, either blunt or penetrating. If the urethra is disrupted, urine may leak through the damaged penis.
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