Doctors Say Patient's Erectile Dysfunction Caused By Common Household Pet
Doctors say an unidentified 23-year-old man suffered erectile dysfunction in addition to weight loss, fever, and pain in his lower back, pelvis, and penis glands after he was scratched by a young cat.
Physicians saw no abnormalities aside from swollen lymph nodes, and tests ruled out sexually transmitted diseases. After the man revealed he had been scratched by a cat, doctors confirmed with a bone marrow and lymph node biopsy that he had a bacterial infection commonly known as cat scratch disease which is caused by Bartonella henslae bacteria. Doctors treated the patient with antibiotics, and the infection cleared in three weeks, according to a British medical journal that documented this rare case.
Officials recommend limiting playtime with kitties you don't know or who are feral and to wash any scratches a lovely furball may give you during the course of experiencing their delightfulness. And if you do notice swollen lymph nodes after a cat scratch, then you should probably see a doctor.