Paper - A note on a case of bifid penis (1924)

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Lipschutz A. A note on a case of bifid penis. (1924) J Anat. 58: 254-255. PMID 17104016

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This 1924 paper by Lipschutz describes rare male human genital abnormality of the penis.

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A Note on a case of Bifid Penis

By Alexander Lipschutz, Professor of Physiology at the University of Dorpat, Estonia.

A cass of bifid penis with penile hypospadias is described by Pires de Lima (1), in a man of 58 years of age. In this case the body of the penis is said to be short and wide, ending in a double well developed, though imperforate, glans. The urethral opening is present on the ventral surface of the organ, at a distance of 4 centimetres from its distal end, and 2 centimetres from the scrotum. This malformation, according to the patient, does not affect his sexual functions. He is married, and is the father of five children.

Another case of bifid penis with hypospadias is described in Rassegna di Studi Sessuali (2), but in this case the separation of the glans is less complete. This man is said to be sexually normal.

Fig. 1

A case of bifid penis which involves both the body and glans, with possibly a hypospadias, is shown in the accompanying photographs, which were taken of a patient in the Surgical Clinic of the University of Dorpat. In this case the body and glans show complete separation into two parts, giving the appearance of a double penis. The body and glans of each half appear of usual length, but together are slightly wider than normal. The scrotum and testicles are normal in size and position, and this taken in conjunction with the secondary male character of the triangular-shaped distribution of the pubic hair, would indicate that the patient was sexually normal.

It is to be regretted that no other details of this case are available, as the hospital archives were lost during the war and revolution.

I am indebted to my colleague, Professor K. Konik, director of the Surgical Clinic of Dorpat University, for permission to publish the photographs.


(1) J. A. Prres pr Lima. Journ. Anat. and Phys. vol. xurx, p. 85, 1914-15.

(2) Rassegna di Studi Sessuali, vol. m1, p. 155, 1923.

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