Schizophrenic man, 52, cuts off his entire PENIS and flushes it down the toilet ‘after voices in his head warned he faced dire consequences if he didn’t’
- The unidentified man from India attended hospital 16 hours after detaching it
- The 52-year-old has been left with a stump after the psychological episode
A schizophrenic man chopped off his penis with a kitchen knife and then flushed it down the toilet.
Sharing gory details of the incident in a medical journal, surgeons in India told how the unidentified 52-year-old was left with a stump.
The man, who had stopped taking his medication, didn’t turn up to hospital until 16 hours after amputating himself.
Medics said the man, from Pune, had ‘no suicidal intention’.
However, he attributed his action ‘to voices in his head that told him to cut his penis or otherwise face dire consequences’.
The unidentified 52-year-old from Pune in western India has been left with a stump after the psychological episode. But doctors who treated him said he only attended hospital after it had been detached for 16 hours
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Writing in the Open Journal of Clinical and Medical Case Reports, doctors at Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College in Pune said his scrotal skin was dislodged from the root of the penis.
Medics rushed the man into surgery to clean his wound.
He was given general anaesthetic to knock him out so surgeons could operate on the stump.
After seven days in hospital, the man was discharged.
Checks 20 days after the operation revealed the ‘stump was healing well’, medics also said.
The man reported no other complications and was able to pass urine.
Writing in the journal, they stated self-inflicted penile amputation — also known as Klingsor syndrome — is a ‘rare form of physical self-harm that stems from psychological anomalies’.
They added: ‘It presents not only as a surgical emergency but also has the potential to worsen the patient’s psychological distress and self-care challenges.’
Klingsor syndrome was first logged in medical literature in the 1990s and has been rarely documented since, with fewer than 30 official reports.
Patients who carry out such an act normally suffer from psychiatric disorders, hallucinations or drug abuse.
Doctors are able to reattach penises if they have been well kept, are presented early and the wound is not too contaminated or mangled.
People who have had successful reattachment surgery are able to urinate normally and can even achieve erections after, in some cases.
The date of the incident was not revealed in the report. Doctors did not reveal how much blood the man lost, nor how he stopped any bleed.
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