Man ends up in intensive care after suffering a rare injury from masturbating

A MAN was left in intensive care after he suffered a rare injury from masturbating.

The 20-year-old patient presented to the emergency department complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath.


On arrival he told medics that he had been lying in bed masturbating when he first experienced the symptoms.

After being examined, doctors found that the Swiss patient had a swollen face.

Eventually medics discovered that he had suffered a lung injury – usually caused by coughing fits or rigorous exercise.

He had to spend a night in intensive care and three days in hospital while doctors tried to relieve the pain.

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The patient was diagnosed with 'spontaneous' pneumomediastinum (SPM).

This is a condition whereby air leaks from the lung and becomes lodged in the ribcage.

Writing in Radiology Case Reports the medics said the trapped air had spread to the man's skull.

X-rays show the trapped air in the space between the chest and the lung sacs.

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The patient had a history of asthma, but denied smoking or drug use.

The medics said the condition usually happens to men, with an average age of 23-years-old.

Surgical treatment is rare and most patients will be given a chest tube.

Luckily, the experts said that the chances of the condition reoccurring after treatment are just one per cent.

The Swiss patient was hospitalised and given paracetamol and other medication until his chest pain and shortness of breath completely disappeared.

The medics added: "There are only a few reports of SPM related to sexual activity and we could not find any cases associated with autoeroticism, which makes our case unusual."

It's important to note that SPM is a rare condition and is usually not life-threatening.

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Symptoms usually come on suddenly and severely and include shortness of breath, chest and neck pain and vomiting.

They can also include difficulty swallowing and a hoarse voice.

If you are concerned you should speak to your GP, always call 999 in an emergency.

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