Glans penis

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Glans penis
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Glans penis (dorsal view)
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Glans penis (ventral view)
Details
SynonymsGlans
Pronunciation/ɡlænz/[1]
ArteryUrethral artery
Identifiers
LatinGlans penis
TAA09.4.01.007
FMA18247
Anatomical terminology
Flaccid penis glans

The glans penis (or just glans) is the sensitive tip of the penis. It is also called the "head" of the penis. Slang names include "helmet" and "bell end". Usually, the glans is covered by the foreskin, except in men who have been circumcised.

Diseases[change | change source]

The glans can become irritated or infected which occurs in a small number of males. It is more common in males who have poor hygene or are uncircumcised.[2]

The opening of the urethra is at the tip of the glans. In children who have been circumcised and wear diapers, the opening of the penis has no protection. This can cause the urethra to get very narrow in a small amount of boys which can need surgery to reopen later.[3]

The skin on the glans penis is very sensitive, and washing it too much with soap can cause dermatitis.[4]

Anatomy[change | change source]

The glans penis is a cap around the corpus spongiosum. It is attached to the Corpus cavernosum penis and at the tip of the glans is the urethra opening. The foreskin helps keeps the glans moist.[5]

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References[change | change source]

  1. OED 2nd edition, 1989.
  2. Edwards, Sarah (June 1996). "Balanitis and balanoposthitis: a review". Genitourinary Medicine 72 (3): 155–9. doi:10.1136/sti.72.3.155. PMC 1195642. PMID 8707315. http://www.cirp.org/library/disease/balanitis/edwards1/. 
  3. Freud, Paul (August 1947). [/library/complications/freud1/ "The ulcerated urethral meatus in male children"]. The Journal of Pediatrics 31 (2): 131–41. doi:10.1016/S0022-3476(47)80098-8. /library/complications/freud1/. Retrieved 2006-07-07. 
  4. Birley, H. D.; M .M. Walker, G. A. Luzzi, R. Bell, D. Taylor-Robinson, M. Byrne & A. M. Renton (October 1993). [/library/disease/balanitis/birley/ "Clinical features and management of recurrent balanitis; association with atopy and genital washing"]. Genitourinary Medicine 69 (5): 400–3. PMID 8244363. /library/disease/balanitis/birley/. 
  5. Szabo, Robert; Roger V. Short (June 2000). [/cgi/content/full/320/7249/1592 "How does male circumcision protect against HIV infection?"]. British Medical Journal 320 (7249): 1592–4. doi:10.1136/bmj.320.7249.1592. PMID 10845974. /cgi/content/full/320/7249/1592. Retrieved 2006-07-07. 

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