WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An unnamed 63-year-old who initially sought medical care for a knee injury acquired from falling on the street also complained to doctors that he was having pains in his penis.
- Results of an x-ray showed that the man was suffering from penis ossification, a penis problem that causes the soft tissue in the penis to harden due to an accumulation of calcium salts.
- The patient, whose case was reported in the journal Urology Case Reports, was diagnosed with acute PD where penile deformity and pain progresses in erect and flaccid states.
A man who went to the hospital initially complaining of knee pain found out that his penis is turning to bone.
Shortly after falling on his buttocks on the street, an unnamed 63-year-old developed a knee pain. When he sought medical attention, he also told doctors that he was experiencing pain in his penis, although there were no signs of swollen prostrate or discharge.
His doctor reported in the journal Urology Case Reports that after an x-ray of his pelvis to eliminate potential fractures from the fall, the medical team discovered that his penis had been for some time turning to bone.
The condition was described in the case report as:” An extensive, plaque-like calcification along the expected distribution of the penis was evident.”
The doctors then concluded that the “diagnosis of penile ossification along the entire penile shaft was suspected.”
According to the report, penis ossification is extremely rare where less than 40 cases of the condition have been published. It occurs when calcium salts build up in soft tissue (of the penis) causing it to harden and form an extra-skeletal bone. A similar case in 2017 which was reported in the
Reviews in Urology found a 43-year-old man whose penis appeared to be “calcified along 80% of the shaft.”
Ossification of the penis is most commonly due to Peyronie’s disease (PD), an acquired penile deformity which results in a bent, rather than straight penis during erection, with associated findings that include “loss of flaccid stretched penile length”.
As seen in the patient, there is a progression of deformity of the penis and pain during erect and/or flaccid states in acute PD. The Urology
Department of Weill Cornell Medicine reports that between 0.5 and 13 percent of men in the United States are believed to be affected by Peyronie’s disease, although many do not know they have the condition.
Unfortunately, the team was unable to establish a cause for the man’s problem. Against medical advice, the man decided to leave upon learning of his condition.