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A common presentation to an uncommon disease. Penile Mondor's disease: a case report and literature review

Authors Walsh J, Poimboeuf S, Garvin D

Received 15 July 2014

Accepted for publication 6 August 2014

Published 31 October 2014 Volume 2014:7 Pages 155—157

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IMCRJ.S71156

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Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Ronald Prineas


John C Walsh,1 Sabré Poimboeuf,2 Daniel S Garvin1

1Naval Air Station Lemoore, Lemoore, CA, USA; 2Lemoore Naval Hospital, Lemoore, CA, USA

Abstract: Penile Mondor's disease, or superficial thrombophlebitis of the dorsal vein of the penis, is a relatively uncommon but potentially anxiety-inducing self-limiting condition that should be easily recognizable by any primary care practitioner. It typically presents with a cord-like mass and pain to the dorsal penis and has a myriad of causes, including trauma, excessive sexual activity, excessive exercise, or malignancy. Although Penile Mondor’s disease is typically a clinical diagnosis, Doppler ultrasound is the initial imaging modality of choice if there is question or doubt about the diagnosis. Accurate diagnosis and reassurance about the condition's benign and self-limiting nature assuages most patients' fears. Treatment is primarily symptomatic but may vary depending on possible underlying disease processes.

Keywords: thrombophlebitis, cord-like mass, penis, dorsal vein

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