(September 2003, Florida) A young man came into the emergency room in Tampa
complaining of scrotal pain. The triage nurse sent him to a waiting area,
where his girlfriend held his hand lovingly and tried to comfort him. Two
hours later he was called into an examination room. He insisted that his
girlfriend wait outside. The male nurse who examined him saw that his
scrotum had swollen to the size of a basketball, hanging down to his
The nurse asked the young man how this had happened. After much
hesitation, he finally confided that he attempted to make his scrotum
appear larger to impress his girlfriend, who had remarked that he did not
have "big balls" like her last boyfriend. He bought a kit online, and
injected 500 cc of normal saline into his scrotum with an IV needle.
This self-improvement effort had caused a severe case of cellulitis, which
required large doses of IV antibiotics and a three-day hospital stay. The
doctor told him that the swelling had put tremendous pressure on his
testes, and he might be sterile because of it.
He tried to hide his affliction from his girlfriend as he was moved
upstairs to his room. The male nurse wasn't sure whether the young man had
managed to impress her, but he had certainly proved to the ER staff that he
had big balls.
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