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Foreign Metal Objects

Our final “Object of the Week” in our Foreign Bodies series is a selection of ingested metal articles. These metal objects all come from one man who had swallowed them for a series of bets for money or alcoholic drinks. Whilst the man was in prison, he was treated for epigastric pains and acute indigestion. A scan of his stomach showed a large mass that had formed within it. This mass turned out to be the entire contents of this jar of nails, screws and other metal bits and pieces. There are 84 in total, weighing a combined weight of nearly 250g! Fortunately for the man, the objects were all removed without incident and without causing any further pain. You may notice that some of the objects are wrapped up in metal wire. This was to allow for easier ingestion.

Foreign Metal Objects
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