Urethral foreign body

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Doctors have documented numerous cases of insertion of foreign bodies into the urethra, typically as the result of auto-erotic activities. This can result in infections and serious internal bleeding.[1][2]

A wide variety of solid objects have been reported to have been inserted into the urethra, including batteries, safety pins, straws,[2] and telephone wires.[3] Liquefied objects have also been inserted into the urethra, such as an injection of cocaine[4] (which, arguably, had harmful results[5]).

The Chuck Palahniuk story "Guts", from the novel Haunted, includes the story of a boy in his early teens inserting candle wax into his urethra.[6]

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  1. ^ Boscolo-Berto, R.; Iafrate, M.; Viel, G. (2010). "Forensic implications in self-insertion of urethral foreign bodies". The Canadian journal of urology. 17 (1): 5026–5027. PMID 20156386. 
  2. ^ a b Rahman, N. U.; Elliott, S. P.; McAninch, J. W. (2004). "Self-inflicted male urethral foreign body insertion: endoscopic management and complications". BJU International. 94 (7): 1051–1053. doi:10.1111/j.1464-410X.2004.05103.x. PMID 15541127. 
  3. ^ Trehan, R. K.; Haroon, A.; Memon, S.; Turner, D. (2007). "Successful removal of a telephone cable, a foreign body through the urethra into the bladder: a case report". Journal of Medical Case Reports. 1: 153. doi:10.1186/1752-1947-1-153. PMC 2211490Freely accessible. PMID 18042278. 
  4. ^ Rebecca Kolberg (June 3, 1988). "Some People Will Try Anything". 
  5. ^ Robert Wanderer (Spring 1989). "The Case of the Missing Penis". Et cetera. 
  6. ^ "Guts". Printed in Playboy magazine on March 2004.