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They’re definitely not supposed to go there! Man, 48, left in agony after sticking sim card extractor tool, electrical cable and rubber band into his penis

  • The unidentified man waited six months before seeking medical attention 
  • He was diagnosed with an adjustment disorder and prescribed antipsychotics 

A man was left in extreme pain after shoving a sim card extractor tool, electrical cable and a rubber band into his penis.

The 48-year-old, from Indonesia, told doctors that he’d never inserted any ‘foreign objects’ before.

He sought help after he found it increasingly difficult to urinate, telling medics he was left ‘dribbling’.

Blood and urine tests suggested the unidentified man had kidney failure and a UTI. 

Doctors revealed the unidentified 48-year-old waited six months before seeking medical attention for his eye-watering injury. But the man from Indonesia, who had not previously been diagnosed with any mental health condition, did not confess why he used the tool in the first place

Doctors revealed the unidentified 48-year-old waited six months before seeking medical attention for his eye-watering injury. But the man from Indonesia, who had not previously been diagnosed with any mental health condition, did not confess why he used the tool in the first place

An X-ray of his pelvis then showed an opaque object and a ‘shadow’ resembling a wire lodged inside him. 

Doctors say the presence of the metal object saw him develop a bladder stone — which can cause the painful symptoms he suffered.

Surgeons who removed the stone, which measured 5 x 3cm, said the sim card tool was as its ‘core’.

What is sounding? And why can it be dangerous? 

Sounding is when men insert items into the opening of the penis to enhance their sexual pleasure.

It usually involves specially designed tools made from glass or metal.

Doctors at clinic International Andrology London said there has been a ‘dramatic increase’ in the number of men having urethral problems due to sounding as men ‘look to expand their sexual activities and enhance their sexual experiences’. 

Men interested in the practice should understand the risks and purchase equipment from reputable businesses and ensure they do it hygienically.

But they warned the practice can damage the sensitive tissue in the urethral pathway, which releases urine and sperm.

It can also lead to a lack of bladder control and infection.

And the penis and urethra may even require surgery or implants to rebuild sensitive tissue. 

Source: International Andrology London 

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Follow-up inspections revealed he had a 10cm electrical cable and 8cm needle tied with a rubber band inside him, too. 

Both objects were also removed. 

The man, described as sexually active, had no documented psychiatric disorders when he originally sought medical help. 

‘Furthermore, he denied any history of self-insertion of foreign objects,’ doctors at the Dr Soetomo General-Academic Hospital, Surabaya in East Java wrote in medical journal Radiology Case Reports.

Psychiatrists later diagnosed the man with an adjustment disorder — an emotional reaction to a stressful event or life change. 

They did not explain what was to blame for his reaction, however. 

They prescribed him antipsychotics, drugs which reduce and control the symptoms of mental health conditions including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

CT scans later confirmed his ureter was enlarged and he had hydronephrosis, when one or both kidneys become stretched and swollen because urine fails to drain properly.

He suffered no lasting damage and could reportedly urinate normally again just a week after the procedure. 

He returned for a follow-up appointment six weeks later, where he claimed not to have any complications and kidney function appeared normal. 

Writing in the journal, doctors said instances of retrieving objects stuck in either the bladder and urethra are fortunately rare.

But they added: ‘Further research and publication are needed to better understand these intriguing cases and improve their management.’

Sounding is when men insert items into the opening of the penis to enhance their sexual pleasure.

It usually involves specially designed tools made from glass or metal.

Doctors at clinic International Andrology London said there has been a ‘dramatic increase’ in the number of men having urethral problems due to sounding as men ‘look to expand their sexual activities and enhance their sexual experiences’. 


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