Clin Surg | Volume 6, Issue 1 | Research Article | Open Access

A Genital Problem: Infections Caused by Self-Inflicted Penile Augmentations

Olivia Aschacher*, Christine Radtke and Wolfgang Happak

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

*Correspondance to: Olivia Aschacher 

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Introduction: Social pressure and dissatisfaction leads to dubious penile augmentation with paraffin, Vaseline, silicone and other foreign materials. Unhygienic conditions cease in painful infections and long-lasting medical treatment. Aim: Aim of this study was to identify the epidemiology and morbidity throughout the Austrian population and to present the cases treated at our department. Methods: The incidence was evaluated from 2001 till 2019 of the Austrian provinces by the Austrian Registry and distributed by age for these years. A retrospective analysis of patients treated at our department was performed to detect penile infections caused by foreign materials. Results: From 2001 till 2019 an overall of 502 male patients were discharged in Austria with a mean value of 27. The incidence rate by age rises from the age group 20 to 29 (n=42) and reaches a peak in the age group 60 to 69 (n=92) and then flattens out again continuously. Three men aged between 20 and 34 years old were presented at our department in 2014. All presented deformed, painful, swollen symptoms of the penis. The overlaying skin was intact and no perforation of the deep fascia was detected. Conclusion: Self-experimental penile augmentation persists to be a consistent trend in Austria. We observed the formation of granulomas and local abscesses which, if expanded, can lead to disseminating lymphogranulomas and a rupture of the erectile tissue, which can result in lifethreatening conditions.


Penis; Infection; Incidence; Augmentation; Granuloma


Aschacher O, Radtke C, Happak W. A Genital Problem: Infections Caused by Self-Inflicted Penile Augmentations. Clin Surg. 2021; 6: 3194..

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