Artificial Penile Nodules – A Forensic Pathosociology Perspective

Med Sci Law 2006;46:349-356
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GLENN WILCHER RN, Dip Lab Tech (Biological/Environment Testing), Cert Mortuary Practice 


Forensic Technician, Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW Australia

Correspondence: Glenn Wilcher. Tel: (61) 2 98456244 Email: glennw{at}icpmr.wsahs.nsw.gov.au

The article reports on four cases of penile modifications, knownin medico-social literature as artificial penile nodules, observedduring the external coronial autopsy examinations of three malesof South-east Asian origin, admitted over a five-week period,and a Australian youth admitted 30 months previously as a deathin custody.

Fang muk, bulletus, chagan balls, tancho balls, and penis marblesare terms synonymous with the ethno-sexual practices of varioussub-cultural groups of South-east Asian males, the terminologybeing specific to the geographic region. It describes the implantingof firm spherical foreign objects, in the form of beads, inthe subcutaneous tissue of the shaft of the penis proximal tothe glans to allegedly enhance the sexual pleasure of femalesduring sexual intercourse.

Non-Asian nationalities such as Romanians (Wolf and Kerl, 1991),Russians (Serour, 1993) Fijians (Scott and Norton, 1993) andMiddle Eastern males have also adopted this practice withinsub-cultural groups of society.

The article provides a brief historical account and the social,motivational, and occupational characteristics of individualsadopting this sexual practice and the surgical and health sideeffects of the implantation of artificial penile nodules, relatingthese aspects to the forensic cases observed.

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