Isolated rupture of the superficial vein of the penis

  • Alper Eken Acıbadem University
  • Meltem Acil
  • Taner Arpaci
Keywords: dorsal vein, penile fracture, detumescence, snap sound


Penile emergencies are rare but when they do occur, prompt diagnosis and treatment are warranted. Emergent conditions of the male genitalia are mainly traumatic, vascular or infectious. Penile emergencies are usually caused by trauma to the penis, during sexual intercourse or manipulation of an erect penis during masturbation. One of the traumatic vascular penile emergencies is superficial penile dorsal vein rupture. This is a rare condition, with just a few reported cases. It is usually taken into differential diagnosis with the other acute penile injuries that present, such as acute penile edema or ecchymosis. We report a case of 59-year-old male with a superficial penile dorsal vein rupture which occurred during manipulation of the erect penis.

Author Biography

Alper Eken, Acıbadem University
How to Cite
Eken, A., Acil, M., & Arpaci, T. (2014). Isolated rupture of the superficial vein of the penis. Canadian Urological Association Journal, 8(5-6), e371-3.
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