Man hospitalised in Ireland after repeatedly injecting semen to heal back pain

Man hospitalised in Ireland after repeatedly injecting semen to heal back pain

A Dublin man had to be treated in hospital after injecting himself with his own semen in an attempt to cure chronic back pain.

But did it work though?

After performing an X-ray on his arm, it was discovered the man had been injecting his own arm with semen for 18 months in a bid to self-treat his continuing back pain.

Dr Lisa Dunne wrote in a case report in the Irish Medical Journal: 'He had devised this "cure" independent of any medical advice.

She concluded there were no other reported cases of intravenous semen injection to be found anywhere in medical literature, and a search of the internet found no source that recommended this as a cure.

After reportedly injecting semen into his arm every month for 18 months, the man finally sought medical attention - but not for his arm.

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"This patient's back pain improved over the course of his inpatient stay and he opted to discharge himself without availing of an incision and drainage of the local collection", the journal said.

The man had most recently given himself three "doses" of semen, intravenously and intramuscularly.

".the dangers of venepuncture [injection] when carried out by the untrained layperson are highlighted as well as the vascular and soft tissue hazards surrounding the attempted injection of substances not intended for intravenous use". The patient instead complained of "severe, sudden onset lower pack pain", having lifted a "heavy steel object" three days beforehand.

Following the treatment with antibiotics, the redness on the man's arm spread and then hardened around the tiny injection wound over the next 24 hours.

However, it did say that there was a known report on "the effects of subcutaneous semen injection into rats and rabbits" - lucky animals.

"The case also demonstrates the risks involved with medical experimentation prior to extensive clinical research in the form of phased trials inclusive of safety and efficacy assessments", her report read.

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