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June 17, 1911


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JAMA. 1911;LVI(24):1794. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560240024008

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History.  —Some time since a man aged 27 came to my office saying there was a piece of glass tubing in his urethra which he was unable to remove. He gave no satisfactory information as to how it came there.

Examination.  —A few drops of blood appeared at the meatus and there could be felt in the perineum just behind the scrotum a firm body in the line of the urethra; this proved to be the end of the glass tube. By digital examination of the base of the bladder through the rectum the deeper end of the object could be felt lying within the cavity of the bladder and pushing the posterior wall of the bladder backward on the rectum. The anterior end of the object could be felt by introducing a urethral sound.

Removal.  —It occurred to me that the tube might be removed through the lumen of

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