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April 24, 1937

MEDICAL CURIOSITIES

Author Affiliations

Hot Springs, S. D.

JAMA. 1937;108(17):1409. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.92780170002010a

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Abstract

I realize that the relating of this case is of no particular scientific value, yet it must be of such rare occurrence that a brief report should be of interest to the medical profession. As far as I know, no similar case has ever been reported.

H. D., a man aged 44, single, a rancher, was referred to me by his family physician July 7, 1931, with a diagnosis of having a snake in the bladder. I obtained the following history from the patient: He had had bladder symptoms for about fifteen years, consisting of frequency and dysuria. There was nothing else in the urinary or general history of any importance.

Two days previously he had passed a small decapitated snake into the urethra and while doing this, he stated, it slipped from his grasp and passed into the bladder. The patient had a hypospadias but no evidence of any

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