A man whose penis was split because of tumors had reconstructed his member using Manuka honey, doctors have revealed.
The nameless 55-year-old from Roskilde, Denmark, went to see his doctor when his foreskin became too tight to withdraw.
Non-cancerous tumors, which were infected, were found on & # 39; all segments of the penis & # 39 ;. These caused the skin to split, known as penis denial.
Doctors removed the mass and tried to reconstruct the penis through a skin graft, which failed.
They then turned to Manuka honey dressings, which achieved a & # 39; satisfactory result & # 39; and allowed the man to & # 39; complete sexual function & # 39; getting back.
His penis was completely healed 52 days later & # 39 ;, the team of doctors wrote in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.
A man whose penis was split had his genitals reconstructed using Manuka honey (stock)
Many wounds have benefited from Manuka honey, which has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties, the doctors wrote.
They hope it will soon have a & # 39; permanent place in the doctor's wound collection of wound care products & # 39 ;.
Mr. Tet Yap, urologist consultant at The Princess Grace Hospital, part of HCA UK, told MailOnline: & # 39; Manuka honey contains a naturally occurring enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide.
& # 39; This enzyme is an antiseptic with superior antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which help to stimulate skin cells.
& # 39; For this reason, medical-grade manuka honey has been reportedly used in some hospitals to treat wounds and stimulate the immune system, by providing nutrients for cell metabolism, reduced inflammation, and rapid tissue repair. & # 39;
Penis denial is a & # 39; rare and devastating injury & # 39; making men unable to have sex.
Few cases have been reported. Those that occurred were largely caused by animal bites, burns, infections, circumcisions and & # 39; trauma of powered tools & # 39 ;.
The man was referred to the University Hospital Zeeland when he developed a tight foreskin, symptoms of a lower urinary tract infection (UTI) and a tear in his penis.
Lower UTI symptoms can be: overloading, dripping or feeling that the bladder is not empty.
He was first thought of a serious case of balanoposthitis, which occurs when the foreskin and the head of the penis become inflamed.
However, a study showed that the man was circumcised. Tumors were found at the root of his penis, as well as on the shaft and tip.
These were removed and he received the antibiotics cefuroxime and metronidazole to prevent infection. Biopsies confirmed that the tumors were benign.
The patient was then referred to the plastic surgery department of the hospital, where he was treated with Manuka honey dressings and antibiotics.
After two weeks, healthy tissue began to fill the wound. The physicians, led by Dr. Amalie Sylvester-Hvid, then took a split skin graft (STSG) from the man's thigh.
WHAT IS PENILE STATEMENT?
Penus denial occurs when the skin of the sexual organs is eroded.
This can happen when the skin's surface layers are & # 39; torn & # 39; or if the tissue dies due to illness, injury or lack of blood supply.
Urinary extravasation can also be the fault.
This happens when the urethra is blocked, causing urine to accumulate in the penis.
Penis denial is often a complication of circumcision. It is unclear how many men were affected.
The skin usually has to be replaced via a skin graft with a split thickness.
This means that the skin is transported from one body part and transplanted to another.
Unlike a full-thickness graft, only a portion of the dermis is taken.
STSG is the first treatment for penis deduction. It means that the skin is transported from one part of the body and transplanted to another. Unlike a full-thickness graft, only a portion of the dermis is taken.
This was unsuccessful, so the doctors removed the implant a week later.
Then they went back to using Manuka honey dressings because they have until now & # 39; uncomplicated & # 39; goods.
The man removed the bandages every other day without complications, recurring infections or pain.
& # 39; The patient regained full sexual function and was satisfied with both the functional and the aesthetic result & # 39 ;, wrote the doctors.
Medical grade Manuka honey is effective in treating everything from gangrene to diabetic leg ulcers and burns.
It has a pH between 3.2 and 4.5, which promotes healing by increasing the release of oxygen from hemoglobin (Hb), the doctors wrote. Hb is the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen through the body.
The doctors claim that the simplicity, low cost, and effectiveness of Manuka honey make it a good alternative. for reconstructive surgery for the & # 39; genital region & # 39 ;.
They also believe it can be used as an alternative to antibiotics amid the resistance crisis.
& # 39; The growing challenge of bacterial antibiotic resistance has led to the development of various options for conservative wound treatment & # 39 ;, the team wrote.
& # 39; None of them has demonstrated the combined wound healing properties of medical grade honey.
& # 39; Studies have shown that a number of bacteria types, including MRSA and vancomycin-resistant enterococci, are sensitive to the antibacterial activity of honey without developing resistance.
& # 39; Given the adverse effects of conventional antibiotics and the increasing resistance to antibiotics, we hope that Manuka honey will soon find a more permanent place in the physician's range of wound care products. & # 39;
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