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Visual Diagnosis: Pearling: a case study

David P Nguyen, Bobby K Desai* and Michael Falgiani

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Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida, PO Box 100186, Gainesville 32610, FL, USA

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International Journal of Emergency Medicine 2011, 4:74  doi:10.1186/1865-1380-4-74

Published: 8 December 2011


We present the case of a patient who attempted to perform a type of body modification known as "pearling" or "genital beading" while in prison. This patient unfortunately caused severe trauma to his penis, requiring surgical intervention. Photographs of the traumatic injuries are presented.