Penis and scrotum
Infectious disorders
Gangrenous balanitis

Authors: Antonio Cubilla, M.D., Alcides Chaux, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 28 March 2018, last major update February 2010

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PubMed Search: Gangrenous balanitis

Cite this page: Cubilla, A., Chaux, A. Gangrenous balanitis. website. Accessed November 14th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Rapidly progressing necrotizing inflammatory disease due to anaerobes in glans penis
  • Also called Corbus disease
  • Although foreskin may be secondarily involved in advanced cases, the site of the lesion is the glans, sparing the penile fascia, dartos and foreskin (in contrast to Fournier gangrene)
  • Caused by anaerobic microorganisms; associated with poor hygiene
Clinical features
  • May cause total necrosis of glans
  • Similar changes in distal penis are caused by penile necrosis in diabetic patients and by penile prosthesis
Differential diagnosis