Amebiasis of the penis

M J Hejase, R Bihrle, G Castillo, C L Coogan
Urology 1996, 48 (1): 151-4
Penile amebiasis is rarely a recognized entity because the penis is not the usual site of presentation for amebiasis. Homosexual men have a higher risk of acquiring the lesion. Amebic ulcers resemble cutaneous lesions arising from squamous cell carcinoma, chancroid, primary syphilis, granuloma inguinale, and many other causes. An amebic ulcer should be suspected in a patient with balanoposthitis that resists antibiotic therapy. Biopsy is fundamental to isolate the trophozoites to confirm the diagnosis. Metronidazole and hydrochloric emetine are still the treatment of choice. This diagnosis should especially be considered in cases of lesions detected in patients who practice anogenital sex or who are immunocompromised.

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