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Copper Wire Therapy May Help Men with Penile Hemangiomas
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Threading thin copper wires through cavernous hemangiomas of the penis may be a viable treatment for the condition, according to Chinese researchers.
A hemangioma is a buildup of blood vessels. When located on the penis, it can make men anxious about their appearance.
Hemangiomas can be treated in several ways, including surgical excision and cryotherapy. However, such treatments have some risks. The research team wanted to see if copper wire therapy, which has been effective for other conditions, would help men with penile hemangiomas.
Seven patients between the ages of 12 and 32 participated in the study. All had penile cavernous hemangiomas.
The wires were sterilized and the men were given anesthesia. Next, the surgeons evenly distributed wires through each patient's hemangioma using a surgical suture needle.
After the patients healed, the wires were removed.
Complete healing took about two weeks. At that point, there were no more visible lesions and all patients were either "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the results. None of the men had problems with copper poisoning.
One patient had a recurrence that required additional surgery. There were no problems reported after that.
The researchers acknowledged that their sample size was small. However, they considered copper wire therapy to a safe, minimally invasive, and cost-effective approach.
The study was published online in October in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Please click here for more details.
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