Penile Mondor disease


Penile Mondor’s disease (PMD) is an isolated superficial thrombophlebitis of the superficial dorsal vein of the penis. The exact pathophysiology is unknown, however it is frequently associated with prolonged or vigorous sexual intercourse.

Patients usually present with a palpable chord like lesion, which is always on the dorsum of the penis, arising 24-48 hours following vigorous or prolonged sexual intercourse.

The disease is usually self-limiting and resolves with anti-inflammatory medications.

penile Mondor disease 2013
Mondor’s Disease of the Penis. Visible cords on the dorsolateral penis. Hamilton et al 2013


1939Henri Mondor (1885-1962) first described thrombophlebitis of the veins of the anterior chest wall

1955 – Braun-Falco described dorsal phlebitis of the penis within the context of generalised phlebitis

1958Helm and Hodge first reported a case of an isolated superficial thrombophlebitis of the dorsal vein of the penis and the condition was subsequently defined as penile Mondor’s disease (PMD)

Associated Persons

Alternative names
  • penile Mondor’s disease (PMD)
  • Mondor’s Disease of the Penis; Mondor’s phlebitis of penis
  • non-venereal sclerosing lymphangitis (archaic misnomer)


Historical references

Eponymous term review

Cite this article as: Thomas Morey and Mike Cadogan, "Penile Mondor disease," In: LITFL - Life in the FastLane, Accessed on March 23, 2023,


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