Self-introduction of foreign bodies into the urethra: a multidisciplinary problem

Int Urol Nephrol. 1993;25(1):77-81. doi: 10.1007/BF02552258.


A 36-year-old man was hospitalized for self-insertion of a metallic body into the urethra. The self-inserted foreign body (SFB) was removed by endoscopic means; psychiatric evaluation of the patient showed a disturbed schizoid personality. After a review of the current literature, including clinical features, diagnostic manoeuvres and methods of treatment of SFB, the authors suggest that a psychiatric evaluation is always recommended in order to discover mental underlying disorders, thus reducing the risk of recurrence.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Foreign Bodies / epidemiology
  • Foreign Bodies / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Masturbation
  • Recurrence
  • Risk Factors
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder / diagnosis
  • Urethra*