Complete penile corporeal septation: evaluation with contrast enhanced US

Michele Bertolotto, Stefano Bucci, Emilio Quaia, Matteo Coss, Giovanni Liguori

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BACKGROUND: Complete penile corporeal septation is a rare malformation in which the corpora cavernosa are completely isolated. We describe a new method to reach the diagnosis of this malformation using contrast enhanced US.

METHODS: Two patients with complete penile corporeal septation underwent color Doppler and contrast enhanced US after bilateral cavernosal injection of 10 microg prostaglandin E1. Contrast enhanced US was performed using a contrast specific software (Contrast-Tuned imaging, EsaOte, Genoa, Italy) and a linear transducer designed to evaluate superficial structures. Microbubbles of SonoVue (Bracco, Milan, Italy) were injected in one corpus cavernosum.

RESULTS: After cavernosal injection of microbubbles no adverse events were observed. Contrast enhanced US showed unilateral enhancement of the corpus cavernosum in which microbubbles were injected. Cavernosography confirmed unilateral corporeal opacification.

CONCLUSION: Contrast enhanced US can be used effectively to diagnose complete penile corporeal septation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-5
Number of pages5
JournalAbdominal Imaging
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2008

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Adult
  • Contrast Media
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Penis
  • Phospholipids
  • Sulfur Hexafluoride
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler, Color


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