Eruption of blood: Arteriovenous malformation of the penile urethra


  • Joshua T. White University of Calgary
  • Richard J. Baverstock University of Calgary



While arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are a common congenital or post-traumatic abnormality, male genital AVMs are rare and have been described in the scrotum or penis in pediatric patients. We describe a 34-year-old male presenting with recurrent spontaneous penile urethral bleeding found to have an AVM of the penile urethra. While angiography has traditionally been helpful, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can aid in the diagnosis and characterization of these lesions. Each case of male genital AVM provides a unique challenge to manage depending on the presenting complaint, as there are no guidelines to direct treatment.


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Author Biographies

Joshua T. White, University of Calgary

University of Calgary - Cumming School of Medicine

Clinical Clerk

Class of 2017

Richard J. Baverstock, University of Calgary

vesia [Alberta Bladder Centre]
Department of Surgery




How to Cite

White, J. T., & Baverstock, R. J. (2017). Eruption of blood: Arteriovenous malformation of the penile urethra. Canadian Urological Association Journal, 11(1-2), E32–4.



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