By Stephen Matthews Health Editor For Mailonline
Published: 12:40 BST, 20 September 2019 | Updated: 12:42 BST, 20 September 2019
A man got a glass thermometer stuck in his bladder after shoving it into his penis, a bizarre case report has revealed.
Doctors did not reveal why the unnamed 25-year-old decided to put the object into his urethra, nor did they say how long it was.
However, urologists say many similar cases – involving wires, lightbulbs and straws – are done for sexual pleasure.
The patient, of Shanghai in China, sought help when he noticed blood in his urine, a complaint medically known as haemtuersis.
He confessed to doctors at Tongren Hospital about his ‘self-insertion of a thermometer’ into his urethra 11 days before seeking treatment (pictured, the thermometer inside him)
He confessed to doctors at Tongren Hospital about his ‘self-insertion of a thermometer’ into his urethra 11 days before seeking treatment.
Medics wrote in a journal of the report that he said it wasn’t uncomfortable and that he initially tried to dislodge the thermometer himself.
They also said that he expected 'extraction of the thermometer spontaneously'.
Writing in Urology Case Reports, Dr Haining Qian and colleagues revealed they removed the object in a way often used to tackle kidney stones.
The doctors inserted a thin tube with a camera attached – a cystoscope – into the man’s urethra to look at where the thermometer was lodged.
Forceps were also attached to the tube, which allowed the doctors to twist the object around so the glass end was closest and not the bulb.
The urologists then ‘tugged’ at the thermometer. They ‘fished’ it out in 15 minutes and the patient was allowed home the