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Penile implant infection part 3: the changing spectrum of treatment


Penile prosthesis infection remains a rare but devastating complication of implantation. Historically, management of device infection was always extirpation. While certainly effective, device removal leaves an unhappy patient with a shortened penis. In this last part of a three-part series on the topic of penile prosthesis infection, we seek to highlight new and emerging ideas of infection management which have allowed surgeons the option of preserving the implanted status in select patients.

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Fig. 1: Wound dehiscence.
Fig. 2: Presentations for device Infection.
Fig. 3: Salvage washout for infection.


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TSK: Consultant Boston Scientific and Coloplast. LW: Nothing to declare. SKW: Consultant AMT, Coloplast, International Medical Devices. Lecturer Boston Scientific.

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Köhler, T.S., Wen, L. & Wilson, S.K. Penile implant infection part 3: the changing spectrum of treatment. Int J Impot Res 35, 512–518 (2023).

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