Man, 49, who shoved AA battery down his penis and left it there for 24 HOURS was left unable to urinate properly after it scarred the inside of his urethra
- Unidentified man sought help at a major hospital in Tehran, the capital of Iran
- Doctors removed the battery, but five months later he had to return to the ward
- Patient complained of burning sensation when urinating and a weaker stream
- Doctors performed surgery and then discharged the patient for a second time
- A follow-up six months later showed he suffered no ill effects from the battery
An Iranian man was left unable to urinate and in need of skin graft surgery after getting an AA battery lodged in his penis.
The 49-year-old patient, who has not been named, went to hospital in Tehran in April 2021, where he told doctors the object had been stuck for 24 hours.
Medics were able to prise the battery out without surgery and discharge the man on the same day — but he was forced to return months later in pain.
During his second hospital stint in September, he revealed he had been suffering a burning sensation when urinating and was unable to achieve a full stream of urine.
Scans revealed ‘severe and progressive’ scarring to his urethra, partially blocking the tube that carries urine and semen through the penis.
Doctors were unsure what exactly had caused the damage but it may have been due to toxic materials in the battery.
They also did not reveal how the device came to be inside his penis, but they suggested a number of possible reasons including sexual pleasure, contraception or a drunken accident.
The man had no history of mental illness, they added.
The tale was revealed in the medical journal Urology Case Reports by doctors from the Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran.
Pictured above is a scan revealing the battery stuck in the urethra — the tube that carries urine out of the body — (left) and the battery that became stuck for 24 hours (right)
When the patient presented at hospital the second time, scans revealed the urethra had become constricted due to a build up of scar tissue, limiting the amount of urine that could flow through it.
Doctors cut open his perineum — the area between his penis and anus — to reach the urethra without damaging his genitals.
They used a skin graft from the inside of his cheeks and lips to repair the damaged urethra. He was kept in hospital for a further three weeks for observation.
A check-up six months after being discharged showed his penis was fully healed and functioning properly.
Doctors who treated him warned that if the battery had remained in the penis for a long time it could have led to problems getting an erection.
Writing in the report, they said: ‘Visiting a doctor is usually unpleasant and the patient may be ashamed of it, but eventually, they visit the doctor due to urinary symptoms.
‘Delay in visiting the doctor can lead to a complicated infection and Fournier gangrene (gangrene in the penis).’
Speculating about why the battery was in his penis, they added: ‘There are several reasons for inserting a foreign body (battery) into the penis, including psychiatric illness, autoeroticism, intoxication and perceived contraception.
‘Several examples of these cases have been observed in both men and women, which is more common in men and also present in all ages.
‘The foreign body can be various objects such as materials, wires, toothbrushes, batteries and so on.’
What is sounding? And why can it be dangerous?
Sounding is when men insert items into the opening of the penis to enhance their sexual pleasure.
It usually involves specially designed tools made from glass or metal.
Doctors at clinic International Andrology London said there has been a ‘dramatic increase’ in the number of men having urethral problems due to sounding as men ‘look to expand their sexual activities and enhance their sexual experiences’
Men interested in the practice should understand the risks and purchase equipment from reputable businesses and ensure they do it hygienically.
But they warned the practice can damage the sensitive tissue in the urethral pathway, which releases urine and sperm.
It can also lead to a lack of bladder control and infection.
And the penis and urethra may even require surgery or implants to rebuild sensitive tissue.
Source: International Andrology London