Penile Fracture

  • John P. Mulhall
  • Peter J. Stahl
  • Doron S. Stember


(A) Penile fracture is defined as traumatic rupture of the tunica albuginea of the corpus cavernosum. Fracture is typically caused by sudden axial overloading of the erect penis. The erect penis is prone to fracture because during erection, in contrast to the flaccid state, the tunica albuginea is thin and under extreme tension. Penile fracture is best managed by surgical repair as surgical treatment is associated with improved outcomes compared with conservative treatment.


Corpus Cavernosum Tunica Albuginea Traumatic Rupture Urethral Injury Penile Shaft 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John P. Mulhall
    • 1
  • Peter J. Stahl
    • 2
  • Doron S. Stember
    • 3
  1. 1.Sexual and Reprodictive Medicine Program Department of Surgery Division of Urology, Department of SurgeryMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of UrologyColumbia University College of Physicians & SurgeonsNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of UrologyBeth Israel Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA

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