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March 13, 1909

A SHAWL PIN IN THE MALE URETHRA

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KANSAS CITY, MO.

JAMA. 1909;LII(11):885. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420370043004c

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Abstract

Patient.  —E. P., white, aged 13, a schoolboy, was admitted to Kansas City Post-Graduate Hospital, Nov. 23, 1908.

Previous History.  —The patient stated that on the night of Nov. 19, 1908, in attempting to remove an accumulation of dirt or foreign matter from the glans penis, he had passed a shawlpin head first into the urethra, and it had slipped away from his grasp and become fastened in the urethra. He denied sexual perversion.

Present Condition.  —The boy is well nourished and well-developed. Intellectually, he seems below normal and has a peculiar defect in speech, something between a lisp and a stammer. He complains of nothing referable to bladder or otherwise, and passes urine without difficulty. He was brought to the hospital by his father because the boy had told him of losing the pin in his urethra, not because of any particular discomfort caused by the foreign body.

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