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November 2, 1935


JAMA. 1935;105(18):1422-1423. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.92760440001009

Foreign bodies in the urinary bladder are by no means uncommon, all varieties of objects having been described in the literature. Such articles composed of wax, however, seem to be of comparatively rare occurrence. The following case is reported as an instance of the nonoperative removal of such a foreign body:

REPORT OF CASE  F. S., an unmarried white man, aged 21 years, consulted me Nov. 3, 1934, giving the following history: Three days previously, while at a house party, he and several companions became intoxicated, and as a practical joke his "friends" inserted into his urethra a paraffin candle measuring approximately 2½ inches in length and one-fourth inch in diameter. The patient stated that he immediately felt the candle slip into his bladder. Twelve hours later there developed frequency of urination, dysuria, tenesmus and terminal hematuria. At the time of examination he was voiding every thirty minutes with

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