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West Florida


Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point


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abscess, bacterial infections, Urethral diverticulum, Intermittent Urethral Catheterization


Critical Care | Medical Anatomy | Medical Microbiology | Urology


A corpus cavernosum abscess is a rare condition. Usual etiologies include penile injection of erectile dysfunction medications or illicit drugs, priapism, sexually transmitted infections, and trauma; however, there have been reported cases of idiopathic etiology. The most common causative organisms include Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococci, and Bacteroides [1]. Diagnosis is typically made clinically and through imaging (computed tomography [CT] and ultrasound). The first-line treatment is the use of intravenous (IV) antibiotics and surgical drainage. More conservative treatment, however, includes aspiration in conjunction with IV antibiotics [2-3]. Urethral diverticulum (UD) is the formation of a saccular outpouching of the urethral lumen. Symptoms may include recurrent urinary tract infections, incontinence, hematuria, and dysuria [4]. We present a unique case of a corpus cavernosum abscess secondary to perforation of a UD through self-catheterization.

Corpus Cavernosum Abscess Secondary to Traumatic Perforation of Urethral Diverticulum

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