Partial penile amputation due to penile tourniquet syndrome in a child troubled with primary nocturnal enuresis--a rare emergency

Urology. 2013 Mar;81(3):653-4. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2012.11.012. Epub 2013 Jan 3.


Penile tourniquet syndrome (PTS) or acquired constriction ring syndrome (ACRS) is a rare emergency that can lead to a wide range of vascular and soft tissue injuries in the penis. We are presenting a case of penile tourniquet syndrome in an 8-year-old child who had tied a thread around his penis due to primary nocturnal enuresis. On exploration, a constricting thread ring was noticed that was causing partial circumferential distal penile amputation. The thread ring was cut and debridement with primary repair of the wound was done in layers. Prevention of complications needs early diagnosis, timely intervention, and removal of the constriction.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Amputation, Traumatic / etiology*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nocturnal Enuresis
  • Penis / injuries*
  • Syndrome
  • Tourniquets / adverse effects