Sometimes, the body grows bone in places it shouldn’t. That was the case for a man who was diagnosed with an extremely rare condition — his penis was turning to bone, according to a new report.
The 63-year-old man went to the emergency room after he fell on the sidewalk onto his buttocks, according to the report, published in the September issue of the journal Urology Case Reports. He was able to walk, but he told doctors he was experiencing knee pain.
When doctors performed a physical exam, the man also reported penile pain, the report said.
Given that the man had fallen on his butt, doctors decided to first X-ray his pelvis to check for bone fractures. That’s when they noticed something very strange: The man appeared to have “ossification” along the entire shaft of his penis, according to the report. In other words, bone had formed inside the penis.