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Painful discovery on X-ray of 11-year-old's penis

Medics who examined an 11-year-old boy who was having trouble urinating were astonished to find an acupuncture needle had been pushed up his urethra.

Medics were initially unable to find an explanation for the boy's pain and sent him for an X-ray at the Jiangxi Children's Hospital in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, central China.

They were astonished when they found the boy — named Xiao Huang in local media — had an 8cm needle inserted up his penis.

Chief Physician Rao Pinde said when they questioned the youngster, he confessed to putting the needle in himself because he was bored and wanted to see if he could do it.

An X-ray photo shows the needle that was inserted in the boy's urethra. Source: AsiaWire/Australscope
An X-ray photo of the 8cm needle in the boy's urethra. Source: AsiaWire/Australscope

He said he had carried out the procedure about 12 hours before and when he was unable to urinate, it had become painful and he finally asked for help, without admitting what he had done.

The youngster was then rushed into surgery and doctors managed to remove the needle in a minimally invasive surgery using an endoscopic.

During the operation, a very fine pair of extra thin forceps were used and the needle was completely removed with no damage to the tissue.

The boy was allowed to go home afterwards.

Dr Pinde said that children who have accidents like this are often too ashamed or embarrassed to tell their parents.

Picture shows the procedure in which an eight-centimetre needle was removed from 11-year-old boy's urethra at Jiangxi Children's Hospital in China. Source: AsiaWire/Australscope
Doctors were able to remove the needle without any damage. Source: AsiaWire/Australscope

Teenager lodges USB cable in penis

Last year, a teenage boy in the UK underwent emergency surgery after accidentally lodging a USB cable in his penis.

According to a study published in the Urology Case Reports, the 15-year-old boy was "triggered by sexual curiosity" and inserted the wire into his urethra.

The cable became lodged in the teenager's scrotum, like an electronic catheter.


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