An Australian woman was shocked after learning that the terrible stomach pain she has been suffering was caused by a toothpick lodged in her colon that has been removed after a surgery. (Warning: The photo below is graphic.)
After visiting the hospital four times to complain the huge pain she was feeling, the 70-year-old woman submitted a surgical operation in April 2017, according to Buzzfeed News
During the surgery, doctors found a sigmoid diverticulum — an inflamed section of colon created by straining too hard while trying to defecate. Doctors were surprised to find a toothpick stuck in the walls of the diverticula after cutting it open.
Happily, the grandma made an “uncomplicated recovery and is now symptom-free,” according to a surgeon’s report cited by BuzzFeed News.
“It commonly happens to people having fun at a party and being really intoxicated and eating food with toothpicks,” said Dr. Ramin Mehdipour, one of the surgeons who reported on the woman’s case, according to the Herald Sun.
Toothpicks and other wooden items, like pencils, are particularly difficult to detect on scans, according to NBC News.
Doctors who treated the Australian woman suggested in their report to put patients to a scan for toothpicks just in case.
“Appropriate pre-operative investigations such as endoscopy and CT, despite their fairly low sensitivity, should be performed to increase the ability to accurately diagnose this condition and therefore optimize subsequent management,” they wrote, according to the Australian Associated Press.
Having a toothpick stuck in your gut sounds bad enough, but the surprising risk of death makes the situation even worse. Almost 10 percent of cases examined in a study resulted in the patient dying.
“We know of the cases where people become symptomatic, but a lot of people get lucky and pass it, others have it and don’t die from it though they have problems, and unfortunately, some end in morbidity,” Mehdipour said, according to the Herald Sun.
Sources: BuzzFeed News, World Journal of Surgery, NBC News, Herald Sun, Australian AP via News.com.au / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: BuzzFeed News, Pixabay