WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 57-year-old Chinese woman sought medical assistance when her stomach pains persisted for more than a month.
- It was discovered that a whole toothpick was lodged somewhere in her small intestine.
- The doctor who performed the minor surgery said that any further delay of the woman’s treatment could have led to an infection.
No one is a stranger to the occasional stomach pain. However, when Ms. Ye, a 57-year-old woman from south-eastern China, suffered from pain in her abdomen for more than a month, she decided to consult with doctors in Nanchang, Jiangxi.
To figure out what the source of the problem might be, doctors immediately conducted an endoscopy- a procedure where a tiny camera attached to a flexible plastic tube is inserted into the patient’s digestive tract.
Shockingly, it was discovered that an entire toothpick was lodged inside her small intestine. Ms. Ye told doctors she had no clue how the seven-centimeter piece of wood made its way inside her stomach.
She told the news site Pear, “I have no idea how it got there. I don’t remember swallowing a toothpick!”
During the endoscopy, it was revealed that some foreign object was lodged in and causing swelling in Ms. Ye’s duodenum, a section of the small intestine right after the stomach. She had to go through a minor surgery to have the small piece of pointed wood carefully extracted.
According to Dr. Yang Zhenzhen, who performed the procedure, it was fortunate that the toothpick didn’t cause any internal bleeding or damage any main blood vessels or organs.
The doctor also mentioned that if she had waited any longer before seeking treatment, an infection could have developed in the affected area, leading to peritonitis.
The toothpick was safely removed on Monday and Ms. Ye is said to be well on her road to recovery after the minor procedure.
Source: Daily Mail