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Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Penis: bacterial colonization

Contributor(s): Sarah Binns, Terry Blanchard, Graham Munroe, Sarah Stoneham, Prof Peter Timoney

Introduction

  • Bacteria are commonly isolated from the penis; harmless commensals must be differentiated from agents of venereal disease.
  • Cause: significant organisms areKlebsiella pneumoniae,Pseudomonas aeruginosaandTaylorella equigenitalis.
  • Signs: subclinical infection or colonization on external genitalia of stallions. Most commonly, stallion is lesionless carrier. Rarely, a stallion may have internal accessory sex gland infection withPseudomonasresulting in purulent material being present in ejaculates.
  • Diagnosis: microbiologic culture of swabs from appropriate sites .
  • Treatment: removal of smegma; administration of antimicrobials if necessary.
  • Prognosis: good with appropriate therapy.

Pathogenesis

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Diagnosis

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