A man in Ireland developed an abscess in his arm after injecting his semen to treat his lower back pain. The man required medical assistance at a hospital in Dublin to treat the infection. He admitted to doctors to injecting his semen once a month for 18 months to cure his pain.
According to an article published in the Irish Medical Journal, the man went to the hospital after developing a large abscess on his arm. Doctors found a small red papule on his right arm. Doctors noticed multiple marks on his arm where the man failed to inject the semen into a vein.
While examining the man, he admitted to doctors he was using an innovative method to treat his back pain. For the past 18 months, the man injected his semen into his arm. He told doctors he used a needle he purchased online to inject the fluid.
When doctors pressed the man for more information, he told them he devised the cure without consulting a medical professional.
Doctors ordered an MRI of the man’s arm, and they found excess watery fluid in the man’s forearm. Hospital staff started the man on IV antimicrobials. While the man was hospitalized, he told doctors his back pain had improved.
When he began to feel better, he discharged himself from the hospital. Due to his early discharge, doctors were unable to drain the abscess.
The author of the journal article stated that this is the first recorded attempt of someone injecting semen into their body. An investigation found studies completed with semen used on animals. However, there had been no studies completed on humans.
The authors also expressed danger of individuals injecting anything into the vein without proper training. The man developed the abscess because he missed the vein, and put the semen directly into his tissue.
Semen is not a known treatment to cure any physical condition. How the man developed such a wild idea was not disclosed in the paper. Instead of seeking medical help for his pain, he used his bodily fluid as medicine.
Because the man left the hospital before doctors completed treatment, the article did not provide any follow-up on the status of the man. Hopefully, the man learned a valuable lesson and stopped injecting himself with semen.
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