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Florida teen becomes first person to have penis reduction surgery (representational image)Reuters

A teenager in Florida has reportedly become the first person to undergo penis reduction surgery.

The 17-year-old complained about his penis to his doctor, saying it was too big to play sports or have sex. It measured 17.8cm long and a whopping 25.4cm in circumference – and that was when flaccid.

Surgeons said it resembled an American football, MailOnline reported.

Published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, surgeons said the boy's penis had grown too big after having several bouts of priapism – erections resulting from abnormally-shaped blood cells blocking vessels, which caused it to swell and left it bloated and misshapen.

"Patient reported normal erectile function and response with masturbation but also reported inability to penetrate his partner due to the enlarged and disfigured morphology," the authors wrote. "He had three priapismic episodes since the age of 10 that progressively led to an aneurysmal morphologic deformity of his phallus."

Rafael Carrion, the urologist at the University of South Florida who performed the surgery, said there was no medical literature of previous penis reductions: "Lord knows there's a global race on how to make it longer and thicker in plastic surgery circles, but very little on how to make it smaller," he told the website.

Eventually surgeons treated the boy with a technique normally used to treat a disease where scar tissue develops along the penis, causing it to bend.

They cut out two segments of tissue from either side of his penis: "It was a bit like having two side tummy-tucks," Carrion said.

The teenager was able to go home after two days and was "ecstatic" with his new penis, which was described as "slightly longer and slightly thicker" than the average male.

"It looks cosmetically appealing, and he said it was a life-changing event, he's all smiles," Carrion said.

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