He's going to miss that thing
It seems like there’s nothing most men are more attached to than their peen. There’s all sorts of science out there that shows the men not only like to flaunt what they’ve got and use it as a means to compare themselves to other guys, but they also use all kinds of surrogates to imply that theirs is bigger, better, and fancier than everyone else’s. Think about it: how many times have you seen a man driving a fancy car and said, “I wonder what he’s compensating for”?
It’s real. Dudes love a good phallic symbol to show off their prowess.
Unfortunately for one man out there, he lost most of his after ignoring an obviously distressing symptom — and a serious diagnosis.
Won’t Go Down
A 52-year-old Taiwanese man was going about his daily routine when he realized that his manhood was being a bit too manly. While going about his day, his peen got hard… and stayed that way for days.
After seven days of constant arousal, he finally sought medical attention. At the hospital, he described the pain as an “explosion.” Turns out, it was a known (and awful) condition called priapism a.k.a. an erection that lasts more than four hours.
There are many reasons that the swelling might come about, but if the member doesn’t become flaccid on its own, there is only one sure-fire way to fix it: using a syringe to drain the blood from the area.
Cut It Off
In this case, the reason for the man’s week-long priapism became clear once he sought medical help. The Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in southwestern Taiwan staff determined that the complication arose from a cancer diagnosis three years prior. The man was advised to have his bladder removed at the time to stop the spread of cancer in his body, but he wanted to preserve his quality of life and decided against the procedure.
The hospital’s Director of the Department of Urology said to Apple Daily: “The patient refused because he didn’t want to wear a urine bag for the rest of his life.”
In those three years of non-treatment, the cancer metastasized into his genitals and began to obstruct blood vessels in the penile vein. This, in turn, caused swelling of the organ and the inability of the blood to circulate properly. According to the doctors, the only course of action in this man’s case was to drain the priapism and amputate half of his penis as well as half of his bladder.
Saving a Life
The man is currently recovering from the surgery and will receive chemotherapy and other cancer treatments once everything is healed properly. The doctors remain unsure if the man would be able to regain sexual function after he recovers, as Dr. Wang told Apple Daily that the patient “didn’t request an evaluation of potential sexual function,” according to Daily Mail.
Priapism is no laughing matter and can be a warning sign that something is terribly wrong. If you have an erection lasting more than four hours, seek emergency medical attention lest you end up with permanent damage. That warning in the Viagra commercials is clearly no joke.
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