Is a raised vein like area on the penis a cause for concern?
I can send some carefully cropped photos. Area is not hard like a knot or callus or anything. Can feel and see it when flaccid.
I had searched and found lymphangiosclerosis. I thought that might be it.
Also I am on Eliquis if that is relevant.
Hello and welcome,
I have been watching your posted question for an hour to see if a urologist might pick it up, but as none have, I will offer my thoughts on this.
While it may be lymphangiosclerosis, that usually makes the veins look whitish rather than blue. I think it is more likely to be varicose veins (like you might see in legs) and may be caused by a small blood clot in superficial veins. If you look up medical problems you can look up thrombosis (clot) of the dorsal vein of the penis which may be another possibility. If varicosities due to a small blood clot is the case, treatments include sclerotherapy or laser therapy.
I recommend visiting a urologist and if that doesn't provide answers (and treatment) then a vascular surgeon/plastic surgeon. Or you can go directly to a vascular surgeon if you want to have it addressed.
You can also repost your question here only for a urologist only, but in the end you should go in to have it looked at in person.
I had a bout of atrial fibrillation in May and have been on Eliquis for that.
I will look up what you suggest. Is that a threat, thrombosis?
I made an appointment with a urologist but it isn't until January 8. There is no pain associated with it still. Is that ok to wait until then?
Informaiton and a question
Regarding whether it is a threat, the size of the clot and that it is in a superficial vein, is not dangerous in terms of "throwing" a piece of it to your heart or brain, like a deep vein thrombosis. Also, being on Eliquis is helpful.
If you already have a vein specialist, you may want to see him/her first.
How long have you had the swelling? When did it start? Has it been getting progressively more swollen?
I don't want the penis to be damaged, is there a risk?
I noticed it around Christmas Eve. Some days it appears more swollen than others. I looked at it today, about the same in terms of size, coloration, and lack of pain.
The gp was out, heard thrombosis and suggested an ultrasound, but i didnt speak to the doctor.
Thoughts on this
An ultrasound would not hurt if you can arrange for it now and get the ball rolling.
Here are articles on this. You will have to copy and paste them into your search bar to see them:
This isn't that common, and I think it would be reasonable for you to go into the ER rather than wait until January 8. If you live anywhere near a university hospital, I would advise going there as they would have access to the kind of radiology (ultrasound in the radiology dept. or bedside ultrasound) that you would need. So I suggest going in and not waiting.
If you are willing, please let me know how you are doing after you have gone in.
They did not do an ultrasound but saw no reason to and said the urologist will decide if that is necessary. The urologist there didn't come see me directly but the ER doctor talked to him and said it was fine to go home and wait to see the urologist on January 8.
Thanks for the information and advice!
Glad you went in
I'm glad you did go in as having it examined in person makes a difference for something like this. Also glad that the ER doctor discussed what he/she saw with a urologist.
Treat the area gently until you see the urologist on the 8th, and if there are any major changes call the urologist and see if he can get you in sooner.
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