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Cancer patient gets permanent erection from anesthetic used during surgery to remove tumor from colon

By Mason White 5:39 PM June 8, 2017
Patient undergoing surgery (illustration)
Patient undergoing surgery (illustration)
By: Tanya Clark

A cancer patient in the Netherlands, suffered immense pain in his genitals after surgery on his colon, according to medical records published in the BMJ medical journal.

The 58-year-old man underwent a procedure to remove a cancerous tumor from his colon.

Doctors at the Tweesteden Ziekenhuis hospital in Waalwijk, placed the patient under general anesthesia in combination with epidural. The surgery was successful, and the patient made a complete recovery.

However, several hours after the surgery, the patient noticed that he got an erection that was not associated with sexual arousal.

The erection was permanent due to low-flow priapism, which was caused by the combination of general anesthesia with epidural.

At first, the patient was hesitant to discuss his problem with the female nurses at the hospital. After two days of an erection and immense pain in his genitals, the patient finally told a male doctor about his condition.

By then, the patient has suffered permanent damage to his genitals. Doctors inspected the man and noticed that his manhood was swollen and had an hourglass shape appearance.

An emergency surgery was performed to draw the blood out of his manhood. As a result of the 2-day-long erection, the patient suffered permanent erectile dysfunction.

The man was offered a bionic organ, but after 6 months, the erectile dysfunction became manageable with medication so he opted against the surgery.