(CNNNewsSource) – A recently published medical case report detailed the outcome of a man who was bitten by a snake in his genitals.The 47-year-old Dutch man had been on vacation in South Africa, according to the case report published in Urology Case Reports. He was otherwise healthy and was using the restroom when he was attacked by a snouted cobra hiding in the toilet bowl.”During this time, he experienced a burning sensation in his genitals as well as pain that spread from his groyne to his flank, upper chest, and abdomen. He also stated that he had vomited but had no neurological symptoms “the authors composedThe authors claim that their case report is the first to describe a bite to the genitals from a snouted cobra, a highly venomous species of cobra found in southern Africa.
After being bitten by a snake, the man had to wait three hours for a helicopter to take him to the nearest trauma centre, which was 215 miles away.”
On hospital admission, his penis and scrotum were noted to be swollen, deep purple in colour, and painful,” according to the report.According to the authors, this indicates scrotal necrosis, or the death of body tissue in the scrotum area. As he was taken into intensive care, doctors gave him eight doses of snake venom antiserum and tetanus prophylaxis.
He was also given medication for his fever and acute kidney injury.
After one week, a urologist removed the damaged skin from his scrotum via surgical debridement. His penis injury was treated with debridement and a vacuum-assisted closure pump.The man was taken to a hospital in the Netherlands nine days after the snake bite.
When the wound on the scrotum appeared to be stable, Dutch urologists used a vacuum pump to clean up the wound on the penis. Red blood cell and potassium supplements were also given to the man.
A plastic surgeon reconstructed the penile shaft and placed a skin graft over the penis six days after returning to the Netherlands. He was released after two weeks. After a year, doctors reported that the man’s wounds had healed and his “penile function and sensation had fully recovered.”
“What is the takeaway message? In countries known for their snake population, always flush the toilet before sitting! “the authors composed
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