Indian Journal of Urology
: 2000  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51--52

Tuberculous gangrene of the penis

NP Rangnekar, MD Sanzgiri, N Imdad Ali, HR Pathak 
 Department of Urology, Topiwala National Medical College and B. Y Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai, India

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Rangnekar N P, Sanzgiri M D, Ali N I, Pathak H R. Tuberculous gangrene of the penis.Indian J Urol 2000;17:51-52

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 Case Report

A 45-year-old male patient presented with painless, gradual, blackening of the glans penis over a period of 3 months. There was associated purulent discharge at the corona. He had history of ritual circumcision performed in childhood. Patient's wife had suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis and died 3 years back. There was no history of trauma, fever or exposure to venereal disease. On ex­amination there was thick, unyielding, tenacious slough covering the glans entirely up to the corona. Debrided, desloughed tuberculous ulcer is seen in [Figure 1]. A purulent collection was present beneath the slough. There was no evidence of nodule, plaque or tuberculides. The testes, epididymes and vas were normal. Bilateral inguinal lym­phadenopathy was present. Multiple biopsy of the penile lesion showed classical features of tuberculous granuloma [Figure 2]. Patient was treated with anti-tubercular four-drug regimen for 6 months. The ulcer was desloughed and showed complete healing after 2 months.


Primary penile tuberculosis is very rare. [1],[2] This patient presented with penile gangrene. The infection was pro­bably acquired through sexual contact. The penile gan­grene could be related to cavernositis, [3] and microarteritis of the penile vessels due to tubercular infection. The histopathology of the lesion confirmed the diagnosis. The response to the anti-tubercular treatment was rapid. Hence early biopsy of a suspicious penile lesion is mandatory because unusual benign lesions, readily amenable to drug therapy can be detected early.


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