Wednesday 29 June 2022 05:39 PM 72-year-old baffled by his 'whistling scrotum' after discovering air was ... trends now
A man who heard a 'hissing' noise coming from his genitals has become the first person in the world to be diagnosed with 'whistling scrotum'.
The unidentified 72-year-old went to an emergency department in Ohio, complaining about his bizarre malady.
At the same time, he also found himself short of breath and had a swollen face.
Scans eventually revealed his lungs had collapsed and air was building up inside his body — a dangerous and potentially life-threatening condition.
Doctors then discovered the source of the man's scrotal whistling — an open wound on the left side of his scrotum.
The wound, leftover from testicle surgery to reduce swelling five months earlier, was allowing some trapped air to escape.
Medics described the unusual case in the American Journal of Case Reports, saying they believe it to be the first of its kind.
A CT scan of the 72-year-old man's chest. The black arrows point to the man's collapsed lungs where as the white arrows point to air pockets (solid black areas) trapped between the internal space exterior of the lungs and inside the chest wall. Black areas throughout the man's neck shoulders and arms also show air trapped inside the body
This CT scan of the man's lower abdomen shows the amount of air (black areas) inside his thighs and scrotum. Medics who reported the case said an open wound in his scrotum acted as an 'escape route' for the trapped air