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Man's Penis 'Snaps' During Sex (NSFW)

03/13/2015 10:42 am ET | Updated Mar 13, 2015
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That's gotta hurt.

A jarring image published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday shows a penile 'fracture' that occurred after a man jammed his erect penis into his lover's perineum.

Dr. Robert J. Hartman, Jr., of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said the unfortunate fellow heard a snap followed by severe pain, and then watched in disbelief as blood started rushing out of the opening at the tip of his penis. The accident occurred in the spring of 2014, Dr. Hartman told The Huffington Post in an email Friday.

Click to reveal graphic photo of the injury to the patient's penis

Dr. Hartman writes in the Journal:

The penile “fracture” refers to a tear in the tunica albuginea, the watertight fibrous outer sheath of the corpora cavernosa that is responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of an erection. Disruption of the tunica results in a loss of blood outside the corpora, causing a hematoma.

The otherwise-healthy man soon developed a bulbous, "eggplant deformity" that had to be corrected with surgery. Dr. Hartman described the procedure in an email to The Huffington post.

"We 'deglove' the penis [by] essentially making a circumferential skin incision around the head of the penis," he wrote. "We then pull that skin all the way back to the base of the penis, exposing the erectile cylinders of the penis, as well as the urethra. This allows us to easily identify the injury -- 'the crack' -- in the cylinder and close it with stitches."

Fortunately the procedure to correct the injury was successful, and he was released from the hospital the next day.

Follow-up appointments at three and six months revealed that the patient eventually regained the ability to maintain a full erection, "without appreciable plaque formation or penile curvature," meaning that his wang isn't scarred or bent out of shape in a significant way.

Hartman told HuffPost his urology unit at Brigham and Women's sees a penile "fracture" about once every month or two.

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