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QUESTION: - I'm 25 years old. I have had a little tenderness/mild pain when I touch or stroke the upper left side of my penis (looking from my point of view). Does it sound dangerous? Is it anyway related to venous leakage? Can prostatitis cause this? Thank you!

ANSWER: Tomasz:

To answer your question, it doesn't sound dangerous and it's not related to venous leakage.  Prostatitis might do this.  Check with your physician to find out what this is and how best to treat it.

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QUESTION: Could the corpus cavernosum be damaged? I dont feel any pain if I dont touch it and I dont see any abnormalities in the penis but I have had sometimes very powerful night/morning erections and had feared that these erections could have caused somekind of injury, is this possible?


In medicine, almost anything is possible but it would exceedingly unusual for a "powerful" nocturnal or morning erection to cause a problem.  After all, the penis is designed to do just this and at 25 years of age most men have similar rigid erections.  


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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.


Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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