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Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 193194, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/193194
Case Report

A Rare Variation in the Origin and Course of the Artery of Penis

Department of Anatomy, Melaka Manipal Medical College (Manipal Campus), International Centre for Health Sciences, Manipal University, Udupi District, Madhavagar, Manipal , Karnataka 576 104, India

Received 16 December 2013; Accepted 9 January 2014; Published 12 February 2014

Academic Editors: M. Sindel and R. Zbinden

Copyright © 2014 Satheesha B. Nayak 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.

Abstract

Vascular variations of the penis are very rare. Awareness of its variations is of utmost importance to the urologists and radiologist dealing with the reconstruction or transplants of penis, erectile dysfunctions, and priapism. We report an extremely rare variation of the artery of the penis and discuss its clinical importance. The artery of the penis arose from a common arterial trunk from the left internal iliac artery. The common trunk also gave origin to the obturator and inferior vesical arteries. The artery of the penis coursed forward in the pelvis above the pelvic diaphragm and divided into deep and dorsal arteries of the penis just below the pubic symphysis. The internal pudendal artery was small and supplied the anal canal and musculature of the perineum. It also gave an artery to the bulb of the penis.