A national survey of urologists was conducted regarding the need for prophylactic antibiotic coverage for patients with penile implants when undergoing invasive dental treatment. A total of 1,756 questionnaires was sent to urologists in the United States and 297 responses were received, for a participation rate of 17%. The low response rate might be partly related to a low level of concern by urologists due to the lack of reported cases of penile implant infections following invasive dental procedures and the lack of the literature calling attention to this possible association. This is supported by the fact that none of the responding urologists had noted any case of infection of the prosthesis following dental treatment. The majority of urologists who responded did not recommend antibiotic prophylaxis for penile implant patients undergoing invasive dental treatment. The majority of urologists who recommended prophylaxis selected a cephalosporin. None of the responding urologists indicated that they were aware of infection developing in any penile implant patients following invasive dental treatment. The dentist is advised to consult with the urologist of patients with penile implants on an individual basis to determine the need for antibiotic prophylaxis.
- dental care
- penile prosthesis