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Posted Jan 07 2009 6:04pm
Fracture of the penis.

hmmm....intriguing eh? How could this happen? There is no bone at the penis....so how could you possibly "fracture" it?

After doing my homework about this, I learnt that fracture of the penis is defined as the rupture of the tunica albuginea of the corpus cavernosum secondary to trauma. Lets go into the anatomy of the penis for awhile. The penis is made of a few erectile tissues , i.e., corpus cavernosum (left and right) and the corpus spongiosum. The tunica albuginea covers the corpus cavernosum. During an erection, these tissuesenlarge, which causes the tunica albuginea to become thin and stiff. At this point, the penis is vulnerable to injury.

Fracture of the penis is not common. Any sudden
blunt trauma or bending of an erect penis can tear the thin tunica albuginea, resulting in a fracture.It usually occurs during sexual intercourse. (Don't think I'm going to explain how it can get bent...use your imagination). Apparently, you would be able to hear a "cracking" sound when the fracture occurs. Oh my, it sounds really painful, doesn't?? If the injury is severe, the urethra maybe damaged as well. (The urethra is a tube that carries urine from the bladder to the external). Urgent treatment of the fractured penis is required, otherwise, it may become deformed. Although complications from this injury is not common, they include erectile dysfunction and painful erections in the future.

So people, please be don't be too rough during sexual intercourse...the last thing you want is having a fractured penis and spoiling everything.
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