Some women believe that all men are alike. But a gentleman in Ohio followed Mama Cass Elliot’s advice to make his own kind of music.
Most men can inflate balls because most of them have been boys who have participated in sports. The 72-year old managed it differently.
It is common knowledge that snakes hiss. The fellow experienced such sounds from his crotch. Thankfully, it wasn’t a ball python; but unfortunately, an emergency was upon him.
New York Post
[A]n Ohio man…was alarmed to hear weird noises coming from his genitals.
Unidentified [man], who heard a “hissing’” noise, has been diagnosed as the first person in the world with a “whistling scrotum,” according to the alarming new study published in the American Journal of Case Reports.
His face was swollen, and he felt windless when he arrived at the ER. What was the reason he seemed so short of breath?
An X-ray revealed “excessive” bubbles of air. His lungs were being damaged by the bubbles of air floating about his body. If left unattended they could lead to fatal heart problems.
For now, however, he was functional. It was then that he realized why he whistled during work:
[T]he primary source of the man’s strange whistling was discovered to be an open wound on the left side of his scrotum. Some trapped air could escape through the wound, which was left over from five-months of testicle removal to lessen swelling.
To drain the excess air, a pair of tubes made from plastic were used. Still, the man with the singing stones wasn’t out of the woods.
According to Dr. Brant Bickford, his colleagues and he were transferred to another hospital. As his condition continued to deteriorate, the air in his lungs was becoming more dense, and doctors had to place a new tube on the chest.
His condition improved three days later. He was then released from hospital.
The next few years were characterized by above-average inflation, despite the fact that economics are not important.
He did, however, have air trapped in his scrotum, a condition called pneumoscrotum, and abdomen for an additional two years, which was described as an “abnormally long time.”
Some folks are health nuts while others hang loose; there’s no word on whether the man was a stickler, but in the end, he sacrificed for survival:
Although doctors were unable to determine what was causing the issue, they did note in their report that both his testicles were removed.
Perhaps it was an old injury from pickleball…
Further research revealed that trapped air was most likely the result of penetrating injuries.
He was a strange case. The mystery of his serenading sac may never be solved.
Pneumoscrotum, a rare form of pneumococcal disease in which air gets trapped in the scrotum, is very uncommon. Only 60 cases of pneumoscrotum have been reported in medical literature. Since the air can’t escape through the body’s orifices, this air usually requires medical intervention.
Dr. Bickford said it was unclear whether the man’s condition had improved due to this “escape route.”
There are some things that can be easily identified in medicine. Others require more investigation. Thank goodness doctors were able to pinpoint the man’s issue and give him relief. This was an extremely difficult diagnosis.
So if you happen to meet a huevos-free Ohio man with a tale of musical malady that almost eternally aired him out, he ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie. It was something very similar.
He may no longer be singing his own tune, but no one can deny he’s his own kind of man. Here’s to a happy, healthy life from here on out.
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