“Clinical examination revealed almost complete loss of phallus …”
| Andrea Downey, news.com.au – A man’s penis fell off after he ignored the signs of cancer that caused it to rot away.
The 82-year-old initially went to a primary care clinic where he told doctors he had an ulcer on his penis that developed 12 months previously and hadn’t disappeared.
The patient also suffered from severe swelling and skin shedding for several months before seeing a doctor.
He was prescribed antibiotics and doctors drained the pus-filled swelling next to his penis.
But two weeks later he was sent to the hospital as his pain worsened and the ulcer on his penis had become so bad, it caused it to fall off.
“Clinical examination revealed almost complete loss of phallus,” Dr. Gaurav Garg wrote in the case report.
He denied any history of sexually transmitted infection or trauma in the area.
Tests on the “residual penile stump” revealed the man had squamous cell carcinoma.
Tests on his stump revealed the man had squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.
The cancer was too far along for it to be treated and the man was offered palliative care.
He died 15 days later.
“In the present case, the patient neglected his initial symptoms and eventually developed penile auto-amputation (his penis fell off),” Dr. Garg added.
“Auto-amputation of the penis can occur either due to tumor embolism blocking end arteries or due to direct tumor invasion.”
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