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January 7, 1899

Incarceration of the Penis.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(1):40. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450280048013

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Lead, S. D., Dec. 29, 1898.

To the Editor:  —The five-year-old son of P. G. recently awakened suddenly and began crying as if in severe pain. An examination by his mother failed to reveal any cause, but he continued to suffer and two or three days later, while giving a bath, the mother found the penis greatly swollen and brought the boy to the hospital, when examination revealed a badly swollen penis, about the size of an adult's in a flaccid condition, with very edematous prepuce, uniform in size, but at the base of the penis a fissure involving the entire circumference of the penis and just behind this fissure an absence of swelling. By opening this fissure I found a small black cotton thread deeply imbedded, and which had cut nearly through the corpora spongiosum and almost into the urethra. The pressure had caused some cyanosis of the organ.

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