Like it or not, penis injuries happen. So Sam Hughes, M.B., a junior surgeon at York Teaching Hospital in the U.K., wasn't expecting to make headlines this year when a patient came to see him in July after his junk "buckled" against his partner's perineum during sex. But upon further inspection, the vertical penile fracture is apparently the first of its kind in recorded history.

This grim-sounding injury is effectively a tear in the tunica albuginea, the erectile chamber's tough outer membrane—think less like bone and more like "cling film," or plastic wrap, as Hughes described it. When the tunica albuginea tears, typically due to sudden blunt trauma, like when a man accidentally thrusts into a partner's pubic bone, it's accompanied by a sinister "pop" or "crack" sound, as well as extreme pain and instant loss of erection.

In your typical penile fracture, the cling-film-like tunica albuginea tears horizontally around the circumference of the shaft. But with Hughes' case—as a hasty MRI revealed—the tunica albuginea fractured along the shaft in a vertical pattern.

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