Penile enlargement with methacrylate injection: is it safe?

Sao Paulo Med J. 2013;131(1):54-8. doi: 10.1590/s1516-31802013000100009.


CONTEXT Penis size is a great concern for men in many cultures. Despite the great variety of methods for penile augmentation, none has gained unanimous acceptance among experts in the field. However, in this era of minimally invasive procedure, injection therapy for penile augmentation has become more popular. Here we report a case of methacrylate injection in the penis that evolved with penile deformity and sexual dysfunction. This work also reviews the investigation and management of this pathological condition. CASE REPORT A 36-year-old male sought medical care with a complaint of penile deformity and sexual dysfunction after methacrylate injection. The treatment administered was surgical removal. Satisfactory cosmetic and functional results were reached after two months. CONCLUSIONS There is a need for better structured scientific research to evaluate the outcomes and complication rates from all penile augmentation procedures.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Injections
  • Male
  • Methacrylates / adverse effects*
  • Penis / anatomy & histology*
  • Penis / drug effects
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / etiology*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / surgery


  • Methacrylates