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The impracticality of MRI for the diagnosis of atypical penile fracture in the emergency setting


We report the case of a patient who presented to the emergency department with a history suspicious for penile fracture without typical physical exam findings. A small penile fracture was present on MRI, but the diagnosis was missed, and surgery was withheld owing to this misinformation. Despite its technical accuracy, MRI may be impractical for the diagnosis of penile fracture in the emergency setting.

  • uro-genital
  • Trauma
  • imaging, CT/MRI
  • management, emergency department management

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