BALL OF STEEL: Parasitic worm infection caused Indian man's swollen, calcified testicle
Eddie Chau
January 14, 2020
January 14, 2020 12:42 PM EST
An 80-year-old Indian man's testicle was swollen and calcified thanks to patarasitic worms. (British Medical Journal)
An Indian man whose testicle was swollen and calcified thought the condition was caused by a urinary tract infection.
But when the 80-year-old man sought medical attention on his enlarged manhood, he learned that he suffered from a rare infection caused by parasitic worms.
In a case report logged in the British Medical Journal, doctors diagnosed the unnamed man with lymphatic filariasis, a condition that caused a fluid-filled sac to swell up and form around his testicle. The swollen member then began to calcify, according to LiveScience.
The swelling ó known as a hydrocele ó is typically formed after an infection or injury. In this scenario, it was caused by parasitic worms.
According to the British Medical Journal, people can be infected with filarial worms via an infected mosquito bite. The parasite then grows into adult worms once in a personís lymphatic vessels, which can cause swelling and severe damage.
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The medical case reported noted filarial worms are endemic in India. The studyís authors noted cases of calcification in the manís scrotum are rare, stating there was only one other published case in 1935.
Itís unknown how doctors treated the manís swollen and calcified injury, but the BMJ study noted patients with parasitic infections may be given anti-filarial drugs or have surgery to rid the infection.