Penis and scrotum
Infectious disorders
Cellulitis


Topic Completed: 1 February 2010

Revised: 12 February 2019

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Definition / general
  • Infection of skin of penis
Epidemiology
  • More common in newborns and immunosuppressed patients
Etiology
  • Usually caused by group A Streptococcus; also Staphylococcus, group B Streptococcus and gram negative organisms
  • Deep infections caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Mixed infections occur as complication of gonorrhea or in debilitated individuals
Clinical features
  • Usually involves scrotum
  • May have dysuria due to pain and swelling
  • Associated with genital lymphangioma (Int J Dermatol 2006;45:800)
Case reports
Treatment
  • Amoxicillin or other oral antibiotics
  • Rarely IV antibiotics or surgery (circumcision)
Clinical images

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Acute erythema and edema

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Severe nonspecific chronic or mixed inflammatory infiltrate
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