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Urol Ann. 2014 Jan;6(1):88-90. doi: 10.4103/0974-7796.127025.

New compression mechanism in penile-scrotal lymphedema and sexual rehabilitation.

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1
Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, School of São José do Rio Preto-FAMERP, Brazil.
2
Department of Urology in Medicine, School of São José do Rio Preto-FAMERP, Brazil.
3
Physiotherapist, Lato-Sensu Post Graduation Course on Lymphovenous Rehabilitation (FAMERP); Clinica Godoy, Brazil.
4
Occupational Therapist, Professor of the Stricto-Sensu Post Graduation in Medicine School of São Jose do Rio Preto-FAMERP, researcher of Clínica Godoy, São Jose do Rio Preto-Brazil.

Abstract

The objective of this study is to describe a new compression mechanism in the treatment of lymphedema of the penis and scrotum and the ensuing sexual rehabilitation. The patient, a 58-year-old man, had edema of the penile and scrotal region as a result of surgery of the pancreas and spleen and chemotherapy. The patient complained of pain, discomfort, and difficulties to walk and urinate. A clinical diagnosis of lymphedema of the penis and scrotum was reached. Treatment involved the continuous use of a cotton-polyester compression garment for the region together with thorough hygiene skin care. The swelling reduced significantly within a week to almost a normal aspect which was accompanied by clinical improvements of the symptoms. The reduction in penile edema allowed sexual rehabilitation even though erectile dysfunction required the use of a specific medication (sildenafil). In conclusion, simple and low-cost options can improve lymphedema of the penis and scrotum and allow sexual rehabilitation.

KEYWORDS:

Adaptation; compression; genitals; lymphedema

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