Penis and scrotum
Infectious disorders
Gangrenous balanitis

Topic Completed: 1 February 2010

Revised: 12 February 2019

Copyright: 2002-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Gangrenous balanitis

Alcides Chaux, M.D.
Antonio L. Cubilla, M.D.
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Cite this page: Chaux A, Cubilla AL. Gangrenous balanitis. website. Accessed September 23rd, 2019.
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
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