WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A case published in the journal Urology Case Reports revealed an unnamed man went to the emergency room because he had been suffering from fevers and had itchiness around his penis.
- Doctors found his penis to be ‘grossly deformed’ due to gangrene, full of pus and rotting flesh after injecting his penis with petroleum jelly in an attempt to make it bigger
- The man had to undergo multiple surgeries including skin grafts to remove the dead skin and pus.
Doctors have reported a case of an unnamed man who, after injecting his penis with petroleum jelly in an attempt to make it bigger, ended up with a rotting member.
The man, 45, who hailed from the South Pacific islands, sought help from the emergency room because he had been feeling ill and experiencing itchiness on his penis for five days. He told doctors that he injected himself with petroleum jelly for two years after his doctors inquired about his sexual behavior.
Due to gangrene, the penile shaft was found to be ‘grossly deformed’ with patches of visible decaying flesh and severe pus build-up.
The man was immediately sent to emergency surgery where he underwent three operations to remove the rotting tissue, most of which surrounded the scrotum, and drain the pus-filled pockets. A ‘large amount of petroleum jelly’ was also found by surgeons in the penile shaft during the emergency surgery. To save the remains of his penis, plastic surgeons performed multiple skin grafts on his member and scrotum before he was discharged a month later.
The case was published in the journal Urology Case Reports by Dr. Amer Amin of St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.
He recalled checking on a sick looking man with fever when he arrived at the A&E facility seeking medical attention. Upon further examination, doctors diagnosed him to be suffering from a life-threatening and fast progressing ‘flesh-eating bug’ of the genitals, called Fournier’s gangrene.
“Penile self-injections are performed in order to attempt to increase penile size and have been reported to cause latent pain, ulceration and Fournier’s gangrene,” according to Dr. Amin.
According to medical literature, the materials commonly used for penile augmentation include mineral oil, petroleum jelly, nandrolone deconoate [androgen and anabolic steroids] and waxes.
Dr. Amin also explained that how Fournier’s developed in this patient may be likely due to the introduction of foreign material, “which have become secondarily infected after the integrity of the skin barrier was breached after itching at the area.”
He also added that the patient revealed that the practice was common where he lived.
Experts in medical literature also reported a group of Thai men who experienced pain, swelling and ulceration 36 months after using the strange practice.
Source: Daily Mail Online