Male Genitourinary Exam
During adolescence, examination of the male genitalia should be part of the annual examination. The purposes of this examination are to stage development, detect disease, and instruct boys on testicular self-examination. In addition, some boys are assured by “normal” findings in the exam. A chaperone is generally unnecessary but could be offered to younger adolescent males. Usually parents should be excused. Some boys prefer to be gowned. The genital exam is best performed when the boy is standing and the area well illuminated. A brief description of the exam should be given beforehand. It is best to have the patient roll back the foreskin (see Fig. 1).
KeywordsTesticular Cancer Spermatic Cord Male Genitalia Testicular Tumor Testicular Torsion
References and Additional Readings
- Korben A, Dissemond J. Pearly penile papules. CMAJ 2009; 181:397.Google Scholar