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June 25, 1973

Penile Laceration

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LaPorte, Ind

JAMA. 1973;224(13):1763. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220270055028

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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."