A Spoon Retrieved In A Man’s Esophagus One Year Later

Grace Higgins | November 6th, 2018

One man in China was in for a surprise when doctors pulled out a spoon in his esophagus which had been lodged there for over a year. Apparently, if you can believe it he claimed the swallowed utensil did not really cause much discomfort all.

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The man who is only known as Mr. Zhang advised he had to swallow the spoon a year ago on a dare. Where it was immediately stuck in his narrow tube that connects your mouth and stomach. Months and months went by but the irritation was not really serious enough for him to go and seek any medical attention. Until one day he suddenly began to come down with severe chest pains and could no longer breath correctly.

The operation to remove the spoons required Xinjian Meikung General three doctors to perform, which measured about 8 inches long. Thus the spoon saw the light of day for the first time in a whole year.

Dr. Yu Xiwu the director of the hospital’s ear, nose and throat department could barely believe what Mr. Zhang was telling him, how could someone keep a foreign object in their body for over a year? When Doctors checked his throat with an endoscope they were able to find the spoon lodged in his throat. An endoscope is a long thin tube that has a camera attached to it, allowed doctors to check places they normally cannot see.

Xiwu was extremely surprised he claimed he had never met a patient who seemed so calm and did not care about having a spoon lodged down & stuck in his throat. It was quickly determined that this was life-threatening unless removed immediately! Luckily they were able to extract the kitchen utensil through Zhang’s mouth safely with surgical equipment like a forceps.

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