Teenage boy gets USB cable stuck in penis as doc forced to surgically remove it

The cable became knotted after the boy inserted it and he was unable to remove it.

A teenage boy was rushed to surgery after getting a USB cable stuck inside his penis. The 15-year-old from the UK had been trying to measure the inside of his penis with the cable as a form of “sexual experimentation” when it became tangled and he was unable to remove it.

A urology case report documented the bizarre incident in November 2021, according to the Mirror. With the cable becoming more knotted, the boy started passing blood in his urine and he was taken to hospital by his mother.

However, he waited until his mum had left the doctor’s office before confessing to medical staff that he had deliberately inserted the cable instead than use a ruler. In a Science Direct report, the surgeon 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.”

Doctors were unable to remove the cable with a metal rod due to the amount of knots that had formed, so the boy underwent surgery. An insertion was made between his genitals and anus to allow access to the trapped cable, with catheters fitted.

Explaining the procedure, doctors wrote: “A longitudinal peno-scrotal incision over the palpable foreign body was made and careful dissection was undertaken through deeper tissues, splitting the bulbospongiosus muscle. Both ends of the wire were pulled out successfully through the external urethral meatus.”

The youngster recovered well and was discharged, with the catheters removed a fortnight later. However, the boy will have to be monitored for long-term damage and the report warned that inserting foreign objects into the urethra can cause pain while urinating, blood to appear in pee, painful erections and urine retention.

The report names some other objects to have been inserted and led to hospital admission, including needles, pins and – perhaps most bizarrely – pistachio shells. The urology doctors added that such cases were not unusual, adding: “Sexual experimentation and gratification, as well as underlying mental disorders, are considered the main causes of retained foreign bodies in the urethra and bladder.

“Depending on the mechanism of insertion, and the size and shape of the object, they can cause delayed complications, mainly recurrent urinary tract infections, urethral strictures or false passages and bladder perforation, which may require major reconstructive procedures to restore the anatomy.”

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