He told hospital staff he had been lifting a heavy steel object and his pain had become progressively worse since then. The researchers found that he did not take any medical advice in pursuing the "cure". During his checkup, the doctor found a patch of red swelling on his right forearm, after which the man admitted he'd been injecting himself with his own semen using a hypodermic needle he purchased online.
The case at least highlights the dangers of untrained people using needles, the report said, and the hazards involved with injecting substances into your veins that are not intended for that goal.
After reportedly injecting semen into his arm every month for 18 months, the man finally sought medical attention - but not for his arm.
Presenting to the hospital with severe back pain, doctors examined him to find he had a subcutaneous abscess in his right arm from the injections.
And well, do not inject yourself with semen.
He had "failed multiple attempts at injecting the bodily fluid, ' she wrote, in what he called an 'innovative method to treat back pain".
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".the dangers of venepuncture [injection] when carried out by the untrained layperson are highlighted as well as the vascular and soft tissue hazards surrounding the attempted injection of substances not intended for intravenous use".
Although there is a report of the effects of semen injection into rats and rabbits, there were no cases of intravenous semen injections into humans found across the literature, authors reported.
The patient was treated with an intravenous antimicrobial drip, but he made a decision to discharge himself without allowing doctors to drain the "local collection", the news outlet reported.
An x-ray of the mans arm.
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".