Health officials in Thailand have exprerssed concern after a patient had to have his genitals removed following a botched attempt to enlarge his penis by injecting olive oil into the organ.
The risky and unproven method using the oil is common in Thailand with one Bangkok hospital receiving about 40 patients a month concerned about side-effects.
Although bees wax, silicone and even paraffin are often also used.
The 50-year-old man had his genitals were removed this week after he reported a severe infection, underwent several olive oil injections over a number of years, a spokeswoman for the Bangkok-based Police General Hospital told AFP.
He was diagnosed with cancer prompting the drastic surgery.
Done despite warnings
"This is the biggest (genital) surgery we have ever done as we found cancer" Sirikul Jiaranaikhajorn said adding that the man had the injections done at a clinic and was accompanied by friends.
She said normally the 2 or 3 patients they treat each week suffer from infections only but there is no evidence that the procedure causes cancer.
This is despite public warnings that such penis enlargement methods are highly risky.