Surgical treatment of hemangioma on the dorsum of the penis

J Androl. 2012 Sep-Oct;33(5):921-6. doi: 10.2164/jandrol.111.015685. Epub 2012 Mar 8.


Therapies for hemangiomas of the penis include surgical excision, electrofulguration, cryotherapy, sclerotherapy, and neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet laser treatment. Urologists often face difficulties in deciding whether to use surgery in penile hemangioma cases. In this study, we investigated the safety and feasibility of surgical treatment of hemangioma in the penis. The study included 6 patients, 19 to 42 years of age (median age 23 years), with hemangiomas on the dorsal aspect of the penis. All patients were treated with surgery. All operations were successful, and no complications were observed. Patients were followed up for 2 to 5 years (median 2.5 years) after discharge from the hospital. Five patients were assessed for sexual function. Lesions healed completely, and all patients were satisfied with the aesthetic results. All patients had returned to normal sexual activity within 3 months of the operation. Sexual function and sexual satisfaction were well maintained after the operation. A therapeutic reference standard for the treatment of penile hemangioma is still lacking because of the rarity of the disease. The results of our experience confirm that surgical treatment for penile hemangioma represents a safe radical curative procedure. Surgical treatment offers an alternative to the more conservative therapy previously advocated.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Hemangioma / pathology
  • Hemangioma / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Penile Neoplasms / pathology
  • Penile Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Recovery of Function
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urologic Surgical Procedures, Male* / adverse effects
  • Young Adult