World J Mens Health.  2015 Apr;33(1):36-38. 10.5534/wjmh.2015.33.1.36.

Spontaneous Corpus Cavernosum Abscess in a Healthy Man Using Long-Term Androgenic Anabolic Steroids

  • 1Department of Urology, Baskent University Zubeyde Hanim Practice and Research Center, Izmir, Turkey.


Abscess formation of the corpus cavernosum is very rare. Here, we report a case of long-term anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS) abuse that is suspected to have facilitated the development of a corpus cavernosum abscess in a healthy bodybuilder. Cultures obtained from the abscess contained Staphylococcus epidermidis, a microorganism that almost exclusively affects immunocompromised patients. Therefore, prompt drainage of pus from cavernosal bodies should be the primary aim of the treatment. This case illustrates the potential danger of AAS suppressing the immune system and causing a serious infection.


Abscess; Anabolic agents; Infection; Staphylococcus epidermidis

MeSH Terms

Anabolic Agents
Immune System
Immunocompromised Host
Staphylococcus epidermidis
Anabolic Agents


  • Fig. 1 Left lateral view of the penis showing enlargement on the left side (arrow).

  • Fig. 2 Transverse ultrasound image of the abscess with heterogeneous appearance seen in the left corpus cavernosum.


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