Case Report

Broken needle in the penis as a complication of intracavernous injection therapy

  • İlker Akyol
  • Cüneyt Adayener
  • Temuçin Şenkul
  • Kenan Karademir
  • Kadir Baykal
  • Cüneyt İşeri

Received Date: 01.06.2006 Accepted Date: 29.09.2006 Gulhane Med J 2007;49(1):40-41

A 74-year-old male applied to the emergency room having a broken needle in his penis. He has been on intracavernous injection therapy for erectile dysfunction and the needle had been broken in that morning. The needle was felt under the soft tissue in his penis and it could be seen on the direct radiography within the dorsolateral part of the penis. The needle was removed under local anesthesia and there was no complication at the operation site. The patient was advised to switch to oral medication for his erectile dysfunction. Manual dexterity of the patients to whom intracavernous injection therapy is advised for erectile dysfunction should be evaluated cautiously, and the importance of correct injection technique should be stressed.

Keywords: Manual dexterity, erectile dysfunction, intracavernous injection