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Penis Fracture

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about a penis fracture?

A penis fracture happens when an erect penis is injured. The penis has 2 chambers that fill with blood to cause an erection. A fracture happens when the chambers are filled with blood and the penis is bent suddenly or with too much force. The bend ruptures the outer lining of one chamber, called the tunica albuginea. A penis fracture usually happens during sex. It can also happen if you fall or roll onto your erect penis or hit it on something. It is important to seek immediate care for this injury. Without treatment, a penis fracture can lead to permanent damage.

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What are the signs and symptoms of a penis fracture?

How is a penis fracture diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider may be able to see you have a penis fracture during your exam. Tell your provider about your symptoms and when they began. You may be given contrast liquid before any of the following to help the fracture show up better in pictures. Tell a healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. The following are commonly used to check for a penis fracture:

How is a penis fracture treated?

Do not try to let your penis heal on its own. Treatment is the best way to prevent permanent problems, such as erectile dysfunction (problems having or keeping an erection). The following are commonly used to treat a penis fracture:

What can I do to manage or prevent a penis fracture?

The following are some things you can do at home to be more comfortable and prevent more injury. You will still need treatment such as surgery to heal the injury. Talk to your healthcare provider before you try any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor or urologist?

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