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A man who found it painful to urinate and ejaculate has had a bullet removed from his bladder, doctors have revealed.
The 42-year-old, from Connecticut, experienced shooting pain whenever he used the toilet or ejaculated for a year before he sought help.
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It turned out the unidentified patient was shot in the bladder in 1990 - but the bullet was never removed because surgeons couldn’t access it without harming him.
Doctors who treated him said over time a bladder stone grew around the bullet and eroded through the wall of the organ and became stuck.
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The bullet fragment was safely removed and measured approximately 30x25mm, medics who treated him wrote in a medical journal.
Joanna Marantidis, who is based at the Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, published the tale in Urology Case Reports.
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Medics said that at the time of the shooting, the man needed a catheter - a tube which is passed into the bladder to drain urine.
It helped him use the toilet for several weeks before he made a full recovery and had no issues for nearly two decades.
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But in the last year he started experiencing shooting pains in the right side of his bladder and his urine would randomly cut off when he used the toilet.
When he arrived with symptoms, doctors performed a cystoscopy - a procedure to look inside the bladder using a thin camera - and found the bullet.
Patient - Cystolitholapaxy
They put the patient under using anaesthetic and carried out a cystolitholapaxy.
The medical procedure involves using a stone-crushing device with lasers or ultrasound waves to break up bladder stones into smaller fragments.
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The medics used a laser to shave down the bullet, eroding away...
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