Surgeons have removed a sex toy which was left inside a woman’s body for ten years.
The 38-year-old visited Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in a potentially life-threatening condition after contracting sepsis.
She was also found to be suffering from a urinary blockage and severe emaciation.
Doctors only spotted the five-inch sex toy in her vagina after an X-ray and the woman was diagnosed with vesicovaginal ﬁstula - a condition allowing urine to flow into the vagina.
Experts writing in the Journal of Sexual Medicine (JSM) believe it may be the first case of its kind.
The JSM article concluded: “This case describes an extremely rare but potentially life-threatening case of obstructive uropathy caused by a chronically retained sex toy and adds to the list of potentially rare causes of a vesicovaginal ﬁstula.”
The journal cited 44 cases involving similar objects - including plastic aerosol caps believed to have been inserted as contraception. The longest recorded retention was 35 years.
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