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A patient, centre, sits in a ward at the Police General Hospital where he receives treatment for a penile disorder. SOMCHAI POOMLARD
Penis olive-oil injections a flop

in THAILAND, 18/11/2012

A large number of Thai men have gone to great lengths to get a larger penis and several have learnt the hard way that bigger is not always better. One recently underwent surgery to have his genitals removed after he was diagnosed with penile cancer.

"I had olive oil injected into my penis 19 years ago. A friend had done it and told us about it. That friend did injections for me and two others at home," said the patient, who sought treatment for cancer at the Police General Hospital.

Three years after the injection, the tip of his penis showed signs of infection. He decided to get circumcised, which seemed to cure the problem. However, the infection recurred recently. He was diagnosed with cancer.

 

Doctors are seeing a trend of Thai men injecting olive oil into their penises. About 30 or 40 patients turn up at the hospital every month because of the injections. Pol Lt Gen Jongjate Aojanepong, surgeon-general of the Police General Hospital, said it is a myth that penis injections increase organ size. "There is no medical procedure to increase the size and make it work properly without causing harm. Normally, the procedure is used for erectile dysfunction," he said.

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