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.