A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday showed an image of a penile ‘fracture’ that occurred while a man was having s*x. According to Dr. Robert J. Hartman, Jr., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, he explained that the man involved with this fracture said that while he was performing the s*xual act, he heard a snap followed by severe pain, and afterwards, blood started gushing out from the tip of his penis. Although, one would think this is a very uncommon accident, but as reported by HuffPost, Dr. Hartman’s urology unit at Brigham and Women’s comes across a penile “fracture” incident about once every month or two.
Dr. Hartman’s description of the incident in the Journal is provided below:
The penile “fracture” refers to a tear in the tunica albuginea, the watertight fibrous outer sheath of the corpora cavernosa that is responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of an erection. Disruption of the tunica results in a loss of blood outside the corpora, causing a hematoma.
The otherwise-healthy man soon developed a bulbous, “eggplant deformity” that had to be corrected with surgery. Dr. Hartman described the procedure in an email to The Huffington post.
“We ‘deglove’ the penis [by] essentially making a circumferential skin incision around the head of the penis,” he wrote. “We then pull that skin all the way back to the base of the penis, exposing the erectile cylinders of the penis, as well as the urethra. This allows us to easily identify the injury — ‘the crack’ — in the cylinder and close it with stitches.”
Fortunately the procedure to correct the injury was successful, and he was released from the hospital the next day.
Follow-up appointments at three and six months revealed that the patient eventually regained the ability to maintain a full erection, “without appreciable plaque formation or penile curvature,” meaning that his wang isn’t scarred or bent out of shape in a significant way.