Surgeons in Cambodia have removed a leech from inside an elderly man’s bladder after the creature crawled inside his penis while he was swimming. 

The man, who has not been named, went to hospital in the capital Phnom Penh on June 22 after suffering pain while trying to urinate.

Doctors inserted a camera through the man’s urethra to find the source of the pain, and were shocked when they found a leech inside him.

After questioning the patient it transpired he had stripped off and gone for a swim in a river earlier in the day.

Medics believe the leech, which would have been small at the time, found its way up the man’s urethra and into his bladder.

There it latched on and drank an estimated pint of his blood, rapidly swelling in size and causing the pain.

Medics were then forced to us a tool called a bipolar resectoscope – a 4mm wide probe with electric nodes and cutting tools at the end of it – to kill the leech.

The swollen creature then had to be dragged back out the same way it went in.

Doctors at the city’s Calmette Hospital have warned residents be careful when swimming in ponds during the rainy season, while leeches are active.

In a statement online, it said: ‘The waters are rich with leeches and other insects during the rainy season. 

”Consult with the specialists immediately if you are experiencing pain in your body to get it treated correctly.’ 

The man stayed overnight in hospital where his condition was monitored and he was discharged the next day. 

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