Tyson’s glands are preputial sebaceous glands without hairs and with ducts lined by columnar epithelium[1]. Tyson’s gland involvement in gonococcal infections are rare presentation of gonococcal urethritis. It’s inflammation is called tysonitis.

Other inflammations in Gonococcal Urethritis:

  • Skenitis: inflammation of Skene’s glands adjacent to the urethra
  • Littritis: inflammation of the urethral glands
  • Cowperitis: inflammation of the glands in the urethral sphincter
  • Trigonitis: inflammation of the inner surface of the bladder


  1. Abdul Gaffoor PM. Gonococcal tysonitis. Postgraduate Medical Journal. 1986;62(731):869-870.
Cite this article as:
Burhan Ahmed, MD, "Definition: What is Gonococcal Urethritis induced Tysonitis?," in Medicalopedia, April 23, 2017, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/5308/definition-what-is-gonococcal-urethritis-induced-tysonitis/].