Friday, 9 September 1983

Surgical management of an epidemic of penile amputations in siam

American Journal of Surgery 1983 Sep; 146(3):376-82
DOI: 10.1016/0002-9610(83)90420-8

Kasian Bhanganada, MD, FACS, Tu Chayavatana, MD, Chumporn Pongnumkul, MD, Anunt Tonmukayakul, MD, Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, MD, Krit Komaratat, MD, Henry Wilde, MD, FACP

Department of Surgery, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand


Thailand recently experienced an epidemic of penile amputations. These were usually performed by angry wives on philandering husbands. This outbreak appeared to have been fueled by graphic press reports and fortunately seems to have abated. A technique for reanastomosis of the amputated penile segment was first described by McRoberts et al in 1968. It was modified further so that it can be performed in any general hospital with an acceptable result. Experience with this procedure in 18 patients has been described.

Requests for reprints should be addressed to Henry Wilde, MD, Regional Medical Center, American Embassy Bangkok, APO San Francisco, California 96346

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