Man Hospitalized After Injecting Semen Into Arm To Remedy Again Ache

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In an attempt to cure his chronic back pain, the man was injecting his own semen into his back as a home remedy.

"This is the first reported case of semen injection for use as a medical treatment", the doctors at Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Ireland wrote in the case study, titled "Semenly" Harmless Back Pain: An Unusual Presentation of a Subcutaneous Abscess", published in the Irish Medical Journal.

The patient was treated in the hospital after it was found that he had been injecting himself with his own fluids every month for 1.5 years with a hypodermic needle bought online.

It emerged that this "treatment" was devised "independent of any medical advice".

"Upon this occasion the patient had injected three "doses" of semen intra-vascularly and intra-muscularly", the report said.

A radiograph at the Dublin hospital also revealed emphysema and oedema - excess watery fluid - under the skin. "A search of more eclectic internet sites and forums found no other documentation of semen injection for back pain treatment or other uses".

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The patient complained of sudden and severe lower back pain and inserted the semen on his own accord as part of an "innovative" way of treating the pain.

To treat the infection, the man was given intravenous antibiotics.

An intravenous antimicrobial drip to treat the man's unusual condition was started immediately, but he opted to discharge himself without allowing doctors to make an incision to drain the "local collection".

The area around where he had been injecting himself had become swollen as soft tissue had become inflamed with his injections due to failed intravenous injections attempts.

After further investigating the case studies and other reports on this story, the exact rationale behind this weird DIY-treatment couldn't be determined.

Dr Dunne also said that the lessons of the case could be applied "on a broader scale" as it demonstrates the risks involved with medical experimentation "prior to extensive clinical research".

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