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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Pain in the penis

01/12/2007

Question:

My son is 7 years old, he has been complaining of pain in his penis for the last three days. I cannot see any redness or swelling and he said he wasn`t hit there. He has no fever or swelling of the testicles. The pediatrician took a urine sample and had it tested in the lab, results came back negative for any infection, yet he still has the pain. Although he is able to go to school and play, he is in to much pain to excercise or take Karate class. What could be causing the pain, and should I get a consultation with a urologist?

Answer:

Pain in the penis is usually not due to the penis. It more often is due to pelvic muscle spasms due to constipation or bladder hyperactivity. Often giving a child a laxative will improve things. Rarely, the pain may be due to a kidney stone.

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Response by:

Rama   Jayanthi, MD Rama Jayanthi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University