A patient of Swiss origin suffered a rare injury as a result of masturbation, which had even the doctors who were treating him perplexed. According to the UK daily SUN, the 20-year-old patient arrived at the emergency department complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath.
The doctors who were treating him discovered that the patient’s face was swollen for no apparent reason. According to The Sun, he told medics that he was lying in bed masturbating when he first felt symptoms of acute chest pain and shortness of breath.
He was admitted to the intensive care unit and subjected to a battery of tests and scans. Finally, the doctors discovered that he had a lung injury, which is usually caused by coughing fits or strenuous exercise.
He watched the doctors try to relieve his pain after a painful night in the intensive care unit and three days of ebbing and rising pain in a hospital room. Finally, they had a diagnosis, which was supported by a radiology report that revealed trapped air in his skull after it had moved from his lung area to his head.
Although this Swiss patient had a history of asthma, he denied smoking or using drugs. According to doctors, the condition is most common in men, with an average age of 23. Shortness of breath, chest and neck pain, and vomiting are common symptoms that appear suddenly and severely. They can also include swallowing difficulties and a hoarse voice.
SPM is a rare condition that is usually not fatal:
Symptoms usually go away after a few hours or days, and the chances of the condition recurring after treatment are less than 1%. According to the SUN, the Swiss patient was hospitalised and given paracetamol and other medications until his chest pain and shortness of breath went away completely.
“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,” the doctors added.
According to a study published by researchers from the Department of Pediatrics, Dr Peset University Hospital, Valencia, it is usually benign and self-limiting, requiring only supportive therapy, but severe cases may necessitate invasive measures (Spain).
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