A teenage boy required medical attention after getting a USB cable stuck inside his penis.
As documented in Urology Case Reports in November 2021 (Volume 39), a 15-year-old boy from the United Kingdom was attempting to measure the inside of his penis with a cable as a form of “sexual experimentation”.
However, the cable soon tangled and he became unable to remove it. With knots formed in the cable, the boy began to experience blood in his urine and was taken to the hospital by his mother.
The boy waited for his mom to leave the room before confessing to medical staff that he had purposely inserted the cable rather than use a ruler.
In the report, the doctors discussed the bizarre incident and wrote: “The two distal ports of the USB wire were found to be protruding from the external urethral meatus whilst the middle part of the knotted wire remained within the urethra.”
“The patient was an otherwise fit and healthy adolescent with no history of mental health disorders,” they said about the teenager.
In an effort to extract the cable, surgeons cut lengthways into his bulbospongiosus muscle – an area between the genitals and the anus.
Doctors from University College Hospital London were present and managed to pull the knot through the incision and then cut it free from the rest of the cable.
Once the knot was removed, the remaining two pieces of the cord were pulled out of the opening of his penis. Fortunately, there were no complications in the teen’s recovery and he was discharged from the hospital the next day.
The report mentioned that sexual curiosity was among one of the most common reasons why people insert objects into their bodies, alongside mental health disorders and sexual practice after intoxication.
The urology doctors also admitted in their notes that although cases like this are not uncommon, distinct cases like this are considered to be unusual.
“Sexual experimentation and gratification, as well as underlying mental disorders, are considered the main causes of retained foreign bodies in the urethra and bladder,” they wrote, adding, “Management varies depending on the shape and size of the object, and the mechanism of insertion.”