Polyembolokoilamania: Self‑insertion of transistor radio antenna in male urethra

  • Jibril Oyekunle Bello
  • Kamil O Badmus
  • Abdul‑Lateef Babata
  • Halima S Bello

Abstract

Though self‑insertion of a foreign body in the male urethra is an infrequent urologic emergency, a weird variety of self‑inserted foreign bodies have been reported. Most of these are attributed to autoerotic stimulation, a consequence of mental illness or the result of drug intoxication. We report an unusual case of a 65‑year‑old African man who self‑inserted a broken transistor radio antenna into his urethra to serve as an improvised ‘itchstick’ to ease a bothersome itchy urethral condition. The foreign body subsequently migrated proximally out of reach. He presented a week after with urethral bleeding following nocturnal penile erections and we describe his evaluation and the challenge of retrieval. The reasons for self‑inserting objects into the urethra may be as varied as the foreign bodies themselves and may include objects being used as an improvised ‘itchstick’ for itchy urethral conditions. The urologist’s creative tendencies will often be required in safely removing these objects.

Keywords: Foreign body in urethra, itchy urethra, polyembolokoilamania

Nigerian Medical Journal | Vol. 54 | Issue 3 | May-June | 2013

Author Biographies

Jibril Oyekunle Bello
Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria
Kamil O Badmus
Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria
Abdul‑Lateef Babata
Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria
Halima S Bello
Department of Medicine, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria
Published
2014-08-10
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 2229-774X
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