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Claim: Photograph shows a patient who received a severe penile burn from urinating on an electric fence.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
Origins: Although tales about men suffering severe burns to their genitalia (or even being electrocuted) through urinating on electric fences or electrified train rails are common in
This image accompanied an article authored by five Chinese doctors (from the Department of Urology at the Third Military Medical University in Chongqing) and published in the Asian Journal of Andrology, a case report from 2003 about a 38-year-old man who sought medical attention at a clinic for genital herpes simplex. A circumcision was performed and the patient was treated with short-wave diathermy that proved excessive, producing a severe burn to the penis that resulted in necrosis and gangrene.
As the article described:
A 38-year-old man was admitted to this Hospital for severe penile burn caused by excessive short-wave diathermy. Five days ago, the patient visited a clinic for recurrent genital herpes simplex. Circumcision was performed and local short wave diathermy given immediately. The frequency of short wave source wasLast updated: 28 December 2006
At day 31 after the treatment, the necrotic part of penis was resected with only about
Convalescence was uneventful. The patient could micturate in standing position by pushing skin around the stump of the penis backward.
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