Six years follow-up of a penis replantation in a child

J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Mar;43(3):E11-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2007.10.060.


Total amputation of the penis is very rare in a child. This article presents a case of a traumatic penile amputation at the base of the perineum, with scissors, in a 4-year-old child. Six hours after the aggression, the penis was replanted. Three weeks after the intervention, except for skin necrosis, the results were excellent. Six years afterward, this child has done very well from pediatric, psychological, urological, and plastic surgery points of view. Sensibility and erections are present and normal. Longer follow-ups particularly during puberty are necessary. Total amputation of the penis is a very rare accident in a child. Partial lesions are more common, particularly during circumcision. As in adult cases, replantation of the penis in a child needs a clean section by scissors or a knife, a correct conservation of the penis (in ice but without direct contact), and a short period between the lesion and the surgical procedure. All these conditions explain that very few cases are reported in the literature. We present a case of amputation of the penis in a 4-year-old child, with good results 6 years afterward.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Amputation, Traumatic / physiopathology
  • Amputation, Traumatic / surgery
  • Child, Preschool
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Male
  • Penis / blood supply
  • Penis / injuries*
  • Penis / surgery*
  • Recovery of Function
  • Replantation / methods*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Time Factors
  • Violence
  • Wound Healing / physiology