A MAN has had a pair of tweezers squeezed out of his penis after inserting them himself four years earlier.
The 22-year-old, who hasn’t been named, said he hadn’t been in any pain and was able to pee normally.
But when doctors, led by Dr Mohamed Abouelazayem at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, examined him they found a long foreign object about midway along his penis shaft.
They carried out X-rays and were shocked to discover the tweezers measuring 3.1 inches (8cm) in his urethra, according to a journal published in Urology Case Reports.
The patient was taken into theatre where the medics planned to remove the object under general anaesthetic.
But the operation proved tricky as the sharp open ends could rip the soft tissue of the urethra while being pulled out.
Instead, they were able to squeeze the tweezers shut by applying pressure either side of the penis so they could wriggle them out.
Doctors wrote: “At the end of the procedure, no urethral catheter was inserted, the patient voided well and went home post procedure.
“The patient was recommended to undergo a psychiatric evaluation but he refused. The patient did not follow up with the outpatient department.”
History of ‘sounding’
They explained that the man had visited a clinic in Saudi Arabia “with a history of inserting a metal foreign body into his urethra 4 years ago”.
It was unclear why he had inserted it, but the medics say that it is usually due to a psychiatric issue, being drunk or sexually curious.
Inserting items into the urethra for sexual pleasure is a well-established fetish, known as sounding.
However, the fetish comes with a high risk of infection, injury and potential trauma – with the medics emphasising the importance of using only specialised toys for sexual pleasure, and not objects found laying about the house.
Other objects include fish hooks, metal roads, hairpins, screws, pellets, wires, wooden sticks, piece of fish, and telephone cables
Dr Mohamed Abouelazayem
The team warned that patients with this problem normally put off getting medical help due to embarrassment or guilt.
They added that while they have seen cases of foreign objects noted in previous literature, it is only the second time tweezers or forceps have been reported.
Writing in the case report, they said: “Different types of foreign bodies have been reported in literature over the years. Variety of foreign bodies that are inserted to the genitourinary tract defies imagination.
“These include objects such as fish hooks, metal roads, hairpins, screws, pellets, wires, wooden sticks, piece of fish, and telephone cables.”
MORE ON CASE REPORTS
Previously, we revealed that a man was forced to have a metal nut cut off his “strangulated” penis after squeezing it on for sexual pleasure.
The unnamed 34-year-old spent two days trying to dislodge the hex nut from his member before giving up and going to A&E.
Similarly, earlier this year, a 13-year-old boy from north-west China had surgery to remove 29 magnetic balls from his bladder – three months after he put them up his penis.
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