Friday, April 1, 2016

Filling the Void: A Case of Sepsis Following the Injection of a Penile Bulking Agent

Many cosmetic procedures are now performed by non-medical personnel. Owing to the wide coverage of aesthetic procedures by the media, patients may be less informed of the serious complications that can be seen when impure materials are injected by less-skilled practitioners. The authors present a case of sepsis following the injection of a non-medical grade penile bulking agent. Although penile augmentation is under-reported in the literature, public interest in such procedures is increasing. The growing demand for such procedures needs to be addressed by the medical community.

Injectable dermal fillers have become an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure. However, due to their commercial potential and aesthetic popularity, these procedures are also now being performed in non-clinical settings, where regulation of the injectable materials is less stringent. The nature of cosmetic surgery has meant that non-surgical cosmetic procedures are often trivialised by the media. While many procedures are generally quite safe, even non-surgical procedures carry potential risks and problems, especially where there are uncertainties regarding the purity of the injected material. The general demedicalisation of cosmetic procedures has compromised patient safety, as these procedures are now performed at lower costs by unskilled or poorly trained practitioners who are often working in non-medical environments. It should be noted that the majority of adverse case reports, including our patient, had procedures which were performed by non-medical personnel using silicone-based fillers of unknown purity or volume…1–3

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1University Hospital of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
2Department of Urology, University Hospital of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

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