Penis Ring Injuries Treated at Emergency Departments

J Sex Marital Ther. 2022;48(2):103-111. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2021.1900003. Epub 2021 Mar 18.


The purpose of this study was to determine the pattern of penis ring-related injuries in the US. During 2000-2019, 162 penis ring-related injuries (for a national estimate of 6,344 such injuries) were treated at US emergency departments (EDs). Of the estimated injuries, 32.3% occurred during 2000-2011 and 67.7% during 2012-2015. The patients were 49.8% age 30-49 years. The most common types of injuries were ring stuck on the penis or scrotum (75.3%), edema (29.9%), pain (18.7%), and contusion or abrasion (7.6%). In 81.9% of the estimated injuries, the patient was treated or examined at the ED and then released.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Penis*
  • United States / epidemiology