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Italian Man Inserts a 23-inch Sex Toy into his body -- Leaves Doctors Puzzled

A 31-year-old Italian man was admitted to the hospital for inserting a 23-inch sex toy inside himself with no clue on how to get it out. His doctors equally had a hard time figuring out a way to get the foreign object out.

In medical circles, the practice of inserting foreign objects into the body is calledpolyembolokoilamania .Doctors see quite a lot of these cases during their years of practice. There have been reports of people inserting all kinds of household items into every possible orifice in their bodies. From small rocks, malleable toys, keys, nails, jewellery, batteries, ball bearings, staples, crayons, toothbrushes, vases, razor blades, soda bottles, silverware, and guitar picks. Affected orifices would usually involve the mouth, nose, ears, penis, urethra, vagina, and rectum.

The man, who still remains unidentified, had had the sex toy in him for 24 hours before deciding to report himself to the hospital, after all efforts to purge it himself had failed. He reported with a mild stomach ache and no major symptoms. It took an x-ray to reveal the foreign object lodged in his colon.

The doctors attempted to use their everyday removal tools, such as a polypectomy snare and biopsy forceps to expel the object, but none of these worked as the toy was too smooth and too long. They had to devise an alternative method which involved threading a piece of wire a catheter to create a noose. The wire was then inserted into the man, and the noose tightened around the object and used to pull it out. He was discharged that same day. His reasons for doing this still remains unknown, although sexual gratification would be a good guess.

A group of researchers and psychiatrists published an article entitled, Insertion of Foreign Bodies (polyembolokoilamania): Underpinnings and Management Strategies. According to them, the insertion of foreign bodies into body orifices is quite common, many times involving the interference of primary care physicians, infectious disease specialists, surgeons and psychiatrists. Psychiatrists are often recommended to deal with such patients to expedite a betterjustification of the patient’s actions and theirpredicament, to enable timely and affected treatment.Some of the reasons for insertion of foreign bodies that have been found after mental status and psychiatric assessment of patients include psychosis, self-injury, erotic pleasure, malingering, factitious illness.

The article further cites the case of Mr. A, a 51-year-old man, brought himself to an emergency department (ED) when he was unable to remove a flower vase from his rectum. The man had, on several occasions inserted the vase and removed it without difficulty. Until the time came when the vase had penetrated so far that his fingers could not reach it. Months earlier, he had inserted a hanger into his rectum to remove the vase; this procedure led to a rectal perforation that required an exploratory laparotomy and repair.

When asked why he inserted the vase, Mr. A revealed that over the past decade he had regularly a variety of household objects for sexual pleasure.


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