This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.
To the Editor.—
A letter from Dr. Robert Zufall (224:630, 1973) described laceration of the penis from a hand vacuum cleaner. The correspondent appears to regard these injuries as possibly accidental. We in urology tend to believe that they occur as a form of masturbation.I have had a patient with this injury who admits to this practice, and a number of urologists also have had similar cases as we discovered at a meeting of the New England Section of the American Urologists Association in October 1972. Many of the urologists present knew of this injury. I would paraphrase Zufall's letter, "So beware! It is more common than you think."
Mannion RA. Penile Laceration. JAMA. 1973;224(13):1763. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220270055028