Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back to the Amazon . . .

October 26, 2009, 9:11 pm

Thanks to the Australian medical blog Life in the Fast Lane for pointing out this BBC clip on YouTube  about TPR’s favorite fish, the candiru, or toothpick fish:

The candiru is a tiny Amazonian catfish that, according to legend, will swim up the stream of urine and enter the urethra of a victim unlucky enough to micturate in the river.  Once the fish enters the orifice, its fins expand making removal, um, painful and potentially dangerous. The candiru was the subject of a 1991 review article in the Journal of Wilderness Medicine, which reported that:

“Remedies have ranged from penile amputation and suprapubic cystostosmy to application of a native herb that softens the spines . . .”

For another take on the subject, check out this music video:

One Comment:

  1. precordialthump Says:

    Awesome – I was struggling to find that paper!