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Las Vegas Man Lived With 132-Pound Scrotum For Four Years

Wesley Warren suffered from a condition known as scrotal lymphedema.

Male reproductive organs. Testis, scrotum and vessels.
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A resident of Las Vegas lived with the weight of 132 pounds between his legs for four years. 49-year-old Wesley Warren’s scrotum weighed that much because he had a condition known as scrotal lymphedema. He had to have surgery to remove the weight, as CNN reports.

The rare condition known as scrotal lymphedema is an enlargement of the scrotum that happens because of a thickening of tissue and the buildup of fluid. While it can be caused by parasitic infection spread by mosquitoes, that is unheard of in the U.S. Cases are usually caused by a blockage in vessels that prevent fluid from being drained. But in Warren’s case, it was likely injury or trauma to his scrotum that caused it.

Warren is now the subject of a TLC show titled, “The Man with the 132-Pound Scrotum.”

In 2008, Warren awoke to intense pain in his testicles. The tissue around his penis began to swell, and it grew at a rate of 3 pounds per month. “It's tough to deal with it, you know, because essentially, this is a sort of living and breathing freak show,” said Warren on the show.

While one doctor told him he should undergo castration to fix it, another doctor had a better solution. After appearing on the Howard Stern show, a fellow sufferer of scrotal lymphedema directed him to a surgeon who did a surgical procedure for free. The surgery fixed the condition.

Warren needs additional surgery to remove skin that was damaged by his condition. But he is walking around and enjoying life currently.

 

Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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