Genital Injury in Males
Alternate Names : Injury to the Genitals, Straddle Injury, Penile Injury, Injury to the Testicles
A genital injury in a male is an injury to the penis, testicles, or the structures within them. The injury may occur as a result of an accident, disease, trauma, or sexual assault.
What is going on in the body?
Since the male genitals are located outside of the body, they can easily be injured. Injuries can be mild, from a slight cut or accidental hit, to more severe trauma. The genitals are very sensitive to pain or injury because they have a large blood supply.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
A male may have a genital injury if he:
is crushed in a motor vehicle accident
falls and fractures his pelvis
falls onto something, such as a bar, with one leg on each side of the object
catches the skin of his penis in a zipper
falls on a pointed object
has the toilet seat fall onto his penis while urinating
has a high-pressured stream of water from a jet ski or water ski, water chutes, pool or jet spas shoot out directly at him
takes part in excessive and strenuous physical activity
has certain conditions that cause the blood supply to the testicle to be cut off
has a sexually transmitted disease, such as chlamydia, that causes scarring and damage to the genitals
has disease that involves the male genitalia, such as testicular cancer or cancer of the prostate