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Man injects himself with his own semen to treat back pain, ends up coming to hospital

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA via WJLA) -- A 33-year-old man required medical treatment at a Dublin, Ireland, hospital after he repeatedly injected himself with his own semen in an unusual attempt to treat his lower-back pain.

The man, after injecting the semen in his arm, developed a subcutaneous abscess on his right arm, where he had been injecting himself on a monthly basis for a year and a half. A radiograph also revealed excess water under his skin.

An intravenous antimicrobial drip to treat the problems was started immediately. The man's back pain improved during his hospital stay, but he opted to discharge himself (from the hospital) without allowing doctors to make an incision to drain the “local collection.”

The case was revealed in a report published by the Irish Medical Journal titled ‘Semenly’ Harmless Back Pain: An Unusual Presentation of a Subcutaneous Abscess.

Dr. Lisa Dunne of Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght was the author of the report and concluded that this was the first case of "intravenous semen injection" found in medical literature.

According to the case report by Dunne, "a physical examination of his upper and lower limbs identified a small, red papule on his right arm. He disclosed at this stage that he had been injecting his own semen as an “innovative” method of treating back pain."

"He had devised this “cure” independent of any medical advice. Upon further interrogation of this alternative therapy, he revealed he had injected one monthly 'dose' of semen for 18 consecutive months using a hypodermic needle which had been purchased online," according to the case report.

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