Abrupt bending of the erect penis can result in a tear in the tunica albuginea (the lining of the erectile bodies). This results in the instantaneous loss of the erection. In extreme cases, a tear in the urethra (urine channel) can also occur.
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Penile fracture is considered a urologic emergency and when a penile fracture is suspected an urgent urologic consultation is needed. Failure to repair the tunica albuginea injury is associated with the development of delayed penile curvature and erectile dysfunction (ED).
When the patient presents for evaluation, it is essential that an urgent urologic consultation be sought. Failure to repair the tunica albuginea rupture is associated with the development of delayed penile curvature and erectile dysfunction (ED).
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