WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man was treated for an abscess on his arm that resulted from semen self-injections for one and a half years for his back pain.
- Due to the injections, emphysema and edema built up beneath the skin causing it to swell.
- To treat the swelling, the man was given antibiotics intravenously; he left the hospital before surgery to remove the fluids was performed.
A 33-year-old man who injected himself with his own semen for 18 months to cure his back pain was admitted to a hospital in Dublin to treat an infected abscess.
X-rays showed an abscess which developed on his right arm where he had been injecting himself every month. Beneath the skin, there was an accumulation of emphysema and edema which caused the swelling.
Initially, the man complained of severe back pain which he claimed to have worsened by lifting a heavy object three days before coming to the hospital. During the medical examination, doctors discovered the infection caused by the semen injections. To fight the infected abscess, the man was subjected to intravenous antibiotics.
Over the next 24 hours, the swelling spread and hardened around the tiny injection wound after the treatment with antibiotics. Before the doctors performed a routine surgery to drain the watery fluid collected, the patient discharged himself.
So far, no medical literature or internet sources that claim semen treatment is effective for back pain has been found, wrote Dr. Lisa Dunne, the lead author of the report. So it remains unclear why the patient decided to self-medicate himself with his own semen.
Similarly, doctors warn that the unusual case shows the risk of untested treatments being self-administered. Prior to being routinely given, therapies and treatments typically depend on previous clinical research and phased trials first.
Believed to be the first case of its kind, details on how the man used the odd course of treatment was published in the Irish Medical Journal under the title “Semenly Harmless”.