Research Article

Anaerobic balanoposthitis.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 284 doi: (Published 20 March 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;284:859
  1. G E Cree,
  2. A T Willis,
  3. K D Phillips,
  4. J S Brazier


    To assess the causative role of non-sporing anaerobes in cass of erosive balanoposthitis, anaerobic culture was performed on purulent discharges from 104 patients with penile ulceration, a foul-smelling discharge, and a mixed and motile bacterial flora. Most of 29 culturally confirmed infections were due to mixed anaerobes and eight to single anaerobes. A rapid response to treatment with metronidazole also confirmed the anaerobic cause of the infection. Thus, acute anaerobic balanoposthitis can be readily diagnosed clinically and is easily treated.