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Case Reports in Urology
Volume 2013, Article ID 576146, 3 pages
Case Report

A Unique Case of Penile Necrotizing Fasciitis Secondary to Spontaneous Corpus Cavernosal Abscess

Urology Department, Gartnavel General Hospital, 1053 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0YN, UK

Received 20 August 2013; Accepted 12 September 2013

Academic Editors: T. Cai, A. Marte, and M. Perachino

Copyright © 2013 N. J. Dempster et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Corpus cavernosal abscess and necrotizing fasciitis occur rarely, and precipitating factors can usually be elicited with careful history and examination. Whilst both conditions share common risk factors such as diabetes mellitus, this is the first reported case of penile necrotizing fasciitis secondary to spontaneous corpus cavernosal abscess in an otherwise healthy patient. A 32-year-old man presented with 4-day history of swollen, painful penis, with ultrasound confirming corpus cavernosal abscess. Biopsies were taken and the cavity aspirated, but, despite intravenous antibiotics, he developed penile necrotizing fasciitis necessitating open cavernostomy and debridement. The overlying skin defect healed by secondary intention, but the patient experienced persistent postoperative erectile dysfunction, so he was referred for penile prosthesis insertion.