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Chronic penile strangulation

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Author(s): Lopes Roberto I | Lopes Silvia I | Lopes Roberto N

Journal: International Brazilian Journal of Urology
ISSN 1677-5538

Volume: 29;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 327;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: penis | lymphedema | compression | device

ABSTRACT
Chronic penile strangulation is exceedingly rare with only 5 cases previously reported. We report an additional case of progressive penile lymphedema due to chronic intermittent strangulation caused by a rubber band applied to the penile base for 6 years. A 49-year-old man presented incapacity to exteriorize the glans penis. For erotic purposes, he had been using a rubber-enlarging band placed in the penile base for 6 years. With chronic use, he noticed that his penis swelled. Physical examination revealed lymphedema of the penis, phimosis and a stricture in the penile base. The patient was submitted to circumcision and the lymphedema remained stable 10 months postoperatively. Chronic penile incarceration usually causes penile lymphedema and urinary disturbance. Treatment consists of removal of foreign devices and surgical treatment of lymphedema.
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