Penis covering and simultaneous urethral replacement by scrotal skin for severe penile and urethral necrosis

Jozsef Barabás, Zsolt Kelemen, Gergely Bánfi, Zsolt Németh, Imre Romics, Peter Nyirády

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Objectives: Penile strangulation with severe necrosis and concomitant significant tissue loss is a challenging problem for reconstructive surgery. Final reconstruction and tissue augmentation of the resected penis often require multi-step plastic reconstruction. Methods: Severe damage of the phallus with gangrene and septic complication caused by a bronze ring were first conservatively treated to achieve dry gangrene. The glans of the penis, the whole penile skin, and distal third of the corpus spongiosum with the urethra were lost to necrosis, resulting in a missing urethral segment on the penis. Surgery was performed 3 months after removing the metal ring; a one-step skin and urethral reconstruction was done. Results: Good functional and esthetic results could be achieved by mid-term follow-up. Conclusion: In long-lasting penile strangulation with damaged blood supply, further surgery and treatment are needed in addition to immediate decompression. Most commonly in these situations, amputation seems to be the best and easiest action to be taken. However, our case shows that even in a most severe situation, careful conservative treatment allows preserving the phallus, and subsequently reconstruction enables reaching the best functional and esthetic results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-540
Number of pages4
JournalInternational urology and nephrology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Penile necrosis
  • Reconstruction
  • Strangulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Urology

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