Swallowing Strange Stuff That Can't Pass

WhistlingJack

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I don't think there's a thread on this subject, so here goes...

One gulp too many

December 31, 2006 12:00am

Article from: Sunday Herald Sun




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SOME people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth - but one woman literally got one lodged firmly in her gullet.

The 26-year-old Sydney woman accidentally swallowed a teaspoon during a laughing attack while eating spaghetti.

She is understood to have gagged reflexively, but by then it was too late.

Doctors were flabbergasted by the accident when she arrived at Canterbury Hospital in Sydney's south-west.

An X-ray and gastroscopy revealed the 15cm implement stuck in her oesophagus at the top of her stomach.

Numerous medics examined the images and offered advice on how to remove the spoon, with most recommending surgery to cut it out.

But Dr Bernard Beldholm, an advanced trainee in general surgery, and Dr Alice Lee, a gastroenterologist, wanted to spare her the trauma of invasive surgery.

They eventually managed to remove it manually - albeit "with great difficulty".

The woman, who can't be named because of patient confidentiality, was placed under general anaesthetic.

In a delicate procedure, which took an hour and a half, they eased it out of her throat and mouth.

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We have a thread on the legendary South American candiru - a small spiny catfish alleged to invade genitals.

Here's a 'WTF' story about a drunken Dutchman who swallowed another, larger spiny catfish as part of a drinking game. It didn't end well, but he survived.

NOTE: Extra moron points are due this guy, because there's video (not included / linked here) of the futile things he tried before having to be taken to the ER after an hour or so had passed.

A Drunk Man Swallowed a Live, Venomous, Spiny Catfish. Here's What Happened.

There are all sorts of drinking traditions. Some people sing songs as they down their alcohol. Others dance to thumping music. Somewhere in the vicinity of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, a group of young men, apparently inspired by the American television show "Jackass," got in the habit of capping off their boozing by swallowing live fish.

This, it turns out, is a bad idea. Especially in the event that the fish have evolved to fight back.

According to a recent case report published on Jan. 17 in the journal Acta Oto-Laryngologica Case Reports, the young men typically swallowed live goldfish out of their home aquarium — small, squishy creatures that don't put up much of a fight. The fun stopped on April 3, 2016, when one of the men tried to take their tradition a bit further by swallowing a bronze catfish (Corydoras aeneus), a popular aquarium fish with some powerful natural defenses. ...

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the night ended with the 28-year-old man in the emergency room, where puzzled doctors carefully removed the spiny fish from the man's throat. ...

Most animals know better than to eat bronze catfish, said Kees Moeliker, a director at the Rotterdam Natural History Museum who reviewed the catfish remains after doctors removed them from the man's throat. That's for a good reason: Their cute 2- to 3-inch bodies (5 to 8 centimeters) are defended with spines, mounted on their pectoral fins. When the fish get stressed out — say, for example, when they're being swallowed by a predator — those spines become erect and can pump venom into the mouths of their attackers. ...

"This is definitely in the top three of weirdest medical cases I’ve encountered," said case report co-author Dr. Linda Benoist, a medical resident at Rotterdam’s University Medical Center who treated the patient. Benoist told Live Science that she had been aware that the fish-swallowing game was a "bizarre" tradition among some young people in the area. ...
FULL STORY (With Photos): https://www.livescience.com/64588-catfish-swallowed-stuck.html
 

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We have a thread on the legendary South American candiru - a small spiny catfish alleged to invade genitals.

Here's a 'WTF' story about a drunken Dutchman who swallowed another, larger spiny catfish as part of a drinking game. It didn't end well, but he survived.

NOTE: Extra moron points are due this guy, because there's video (not included / linked here) of the futile things he tried before having to be taken to the ER after an hour or so had passed.


FULL STORY (With Photos): https://www.livescience.com/64588-catfish-swallowed-stuck.html
The show has the correct name. As does anybody trying to repeat these stunts.
 

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This is one helluva medical horror story in terms of both (a) what the patient had to endure and (b) the length of time during which he repeatedly had to be treated.

A Man's Dentures Were Stuck in His Throat for More Than a Week

A U.K. man's dentures fell down his throat during surgery and were stuck there for more than a week before they were discovered, according to a new report. ...

The case highlights the dangers of leaving dentures in a patient's mouth during any surgery that requires general anesthesia, according to the report, published today (Aug. 12) in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

The 72-year-old man had undergone surgery to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal wall tissue, the report said. Six days after the surgery, he went to the emergency room (ER) with symptoms including pain in his throat, difficulty swallowing and a cough that produced blood. He told doctors that he hadn't been able to swallow any solid foods since his surgery. ...

At first, based on results from a chest X-ray, doctors thought the man had a respiratory infection. They didn't find any problems with his throat on an initial examination, and they suspected his pain was a side effect of having a tube down his throat during surgery. Doctors prescribed the man antibiotics and sent him home.

But two days later, the man was back in the ER. His throat pain was worse, and he was still coughing up blood. His voice was hoarse, and he told doctors he hadn't been able to swallow any of the medications they had given him. The man was also feeling short of breath, particularly when lying down.

He was admitted to the hospital, and doctors suspected he had a severe chest infection. But when they performed a procedure to look at his throat and voice box,

they saw a metal, "semicircular object" lying across his vocal cords that had caused swelling and blistering.

When doctors told the man what they saw, he mentioned that his dentures had been lost during his surgery. This prompted doctors to perform an X-ray of the patient's neck, which revealed the missing dentures — consisting of three false teeth attached to a metal roof plate — stuck in his throat. The man had apparently inhaled, or aspirated, his dentures during the surgery.

He underwent emergency surgery to remove the dentures and was released from the hospital six days later.

But that wasn't the end of the man's medical saga. Over the next several weeks, he returned to the hospital four times with bouts of bleeding in his throat and coughing that produced blood. Doctors eventually discovered that the man had a torn artery in his neck near the area where the dentures had caused tissue damage. He needed another emergency surgery, along with several blood transfusions. Six weeks later, the man appeared to be healing well and didn't need to return to the hospital.

This isn't the first case of it's kind. Earlier this year, a report in the journal Case Reports in Surgery described a 50-year-old man in Turkey who apparently swallowed his dentures during sedation before surgery. And a 1976 report in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia described the case of a patient in Austria who died after inhaling dentures when a breathing tube was placed down the individual's throat.
SOURCE (With X-Ray Image):
https://www.livescience.com/dentures-stuck-throat-surgery.html
 

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I know, personally, of a woman, who when she went to have her mouth looked at they discovered that she had false teeth, nothing weird about that?, the skin of the gums had grown over the top of them, it said in her folder that she had false teeth, but nobody had ever seen any, she had to go to hospital to have the gums cut to get the teeth out
 

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I know, personally, of a woman, who when she went to have her mouth looked at they discovered that she had false teeth, nothing weird about that?, the skin of the gums had grown over the top of them, it said in her folder that she had false teeth, but nobody had ever seen any, she had to go to hospital to have the gums cut to get the teeth out
Who else is enjoying lunch?

;)

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Your mother taught you to not eat in a rush and to chew your food before swallowing.

If you didn't listen, you may have to face the wrath of the Mother's Day cupcake ornament!

'Mother's Day' Cupcake Topper Stuck in Man's Throat for a Week

Scarfing down a cupcake left one man with more than a sugar high. He downed a Mother's Day dessert so fast he failed to notice that he had swallowed the 2-inch (5 centimeters) cupcake topper.

The topper, which read "Happy Mother's Day," was lodged in his throat for a week before doctors discovered it, according to a new report of the case.

The 60-year-old man went to the emergency room (ER) after he developed a sore throat, fever, difficulty swallowing and a feeling that something was stuck in his throat, according to the report, published Oct. 10 in The Journal of Emergency Medicine. The man told doctors his symptoms had started about a week prior to his ER visit, after he hurriedly ate a cupcake on Mother's Day, the authors, from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, wrote in the report. ...

The man had previously visited a different ER for his throat discomfort, but he was discharged after an X-ray of his neck showed no abnormalities.

But at Johns Hopkins, doctors ordered a CT scan, which showed "a 5-cm foreign body" in his esophagus, they wrote.

The man underwent an upper endoscopy, a procedure in which doctors use a thin, flexible tube with a camera to look in the esophagus.

Doctors saw a "pink foreign body" covered in food debris that had caused a small tear in the man's esophagus, the report said. During the endoscopy, doctors repaired the tear and removed the foreign body, which they discovered was a plastic cupcake topper.

ER doctors commonly see patients who have swallowed foreign bodies. However, in most cases, the foreign object passes out of the body on its own — fewer than 20% of cases require removal by doctors, the report said. ...
FULL STORY (WITH X-RAY & PHOTO IMAGES):
https://www.livescience.com/cupcake-topper-stuck-in-mans-throat.html
 
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