(NYPOST) – This man paid a painful price for letting his health go limp.
Doctors at Flinders Medical Centre near Adelaide in South Australia were left with no choice but to amputate the tip of a patient’s genitals, reducing his member to a “penile stump,” according to the case report published in BMJ Journals.
The 43-year-old suffered from calciphylaxis of the penis, which has a mortality rate of 64 percent and life expectancy of less than three months. Despite the grim diagnosis, he remains alive and has recovered from the severing surgery.
The patient, who remains nameless, was not the picture of perfect health: He had obesity, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease.
Because of the man’s kidney condition, his organs were unable to properly filter calcium from his blood. This led to a case of calciphylaxis, where blood and oxygen circulation to the skin is blocked, giving way to a dangerous case of gangrene.
The man was lucky doctors caught the rare malady, as only 81 cases have been reported since 1997 in English-language reports, when he went in for a routine dialysis appointment.
Although surgeons were able to reconstruct the man’s privates with “two skin grafts using foreskin,” the calciphylaxis spread to his large intestine, which he had to have partially removed a year after his painful penis surgery.