Pulmonary embolism is a blockage of an artery in the lungs by a substance that has traveled from elsewhere in the body through the bloodstream. Severe cases can lead to passing out, abnormally low blood pressure, and sudden death.
While pulmonary embolism usually results from a blood clot in the leg that travels to the lung, a small proportion of cases are due to the embolization of air, amniotic fluid, or fat.
Pulmonary fat embolism was what happened to a 30-year-old Swedish man while he was undergoing a phalloplasty, or penile elongation and girth enhancement procedure.
Leah Bitsky reports for the New York Post, July 31, 2017:
“The 30-year-old, who had no prior medical history besides mild asthma, went into cardiac arrest towards the end of the surgery, the Journal of Forensic Sciences reports. Doctors tried to resurrect the patient while he was rushed to an emergency hospital but were unsuccessful and he died shortly after.
An autopsy revealed that while his heart was slightly enlarged, his health was otherwise normal and the cause of death was attributed to a pulmonary fat embolism.
The standard penile procedure is performed by taking fat cells from other parts of the body using liposuction and injecting them into the penis, according to the journal. In this patient’s case, fat was removed from his abdomen.
While penis enhancement surgery is quite common, researchers warned that there are always risks, referring specifically to several cases where patients have died from gluteal lipoinjection, where fat is transferred to a person’s buttock.
‘This is the first described case where a seemingly simple and safe procedure of a penis enlargement by autologous fat transfer caused sudden death in a healthy young man,’ the journal states. ‘Perhaps the risk of fat embolisation is higher when pretraumatized tissue is subjected to fat injection, like in this case, where a penis elongation by loosening of a penile ligament was performed before the fat injection.’
Approximately 8,400 penis enlargement surgeries are performed each year worldwide despite its risks, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
A study conducted by condom brand SKYN reveals that the average penis size is 6.1 inches when erect.”
Here’s the account from Brita Zilg, M.D., Ph.D., and Petra Rasten-Almqvist, M.D., Ph.D., “Fatal Fat Embolism After Penis Enlargement by Autologous Fat Transfer: A Case Report and Review of the Literature,” Journal of Forensics Sciences (2017):
In other words, in phalloplasty, a man’s fat is taken from his butt or abdomen and injected into his penis, giving him a fat penis.
Then there’s the sudden death part.
God help us from our vanity!
H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV