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Patient with stomach ache is found with full 14-piece cutlery set inside his intestine leaving doctors baffled

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The patient was given an X-ray Mandi district, India, which revealed numerous objects crammed into the man’s innards some startling results

DOCTORS were left gobsmacked after discovering several spoons and a knife among other items inside a patient’s gut.

What amounted to a full cutlery set was found after the unidentified patient after he complained of severe abdominal pain.

The man was rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College in Mandi district, India where doctors performed an X-ray and clearly detected cutlery inside the patient's intestine and decided to operate.

During the procedure, doctors removed seven small steel spoons, two toothbrushes, two small screwdrivers, a small knife and a rod.

The operation was conducted by a joint team of doctors.

It has been speculated the patient had a rare condition called pica where people crave eating unusual objects.

Symptoms of pica

Pica is an eating disorder that involves eating items that aren't actually food.

There aren't any lab tests for the condition yet.

Symptoms can include:

  • persistent eating (for over a month) of substances that are not food and do not provide nutritional value
  • items eaten tend to vary with age and availability. They may include paper, soap, cloth, hair, string, wool, soil, chalk, talcum powder, paint, gum, metal, pebbles, charcoal, ash, clay, starch, or ice
  • the eating of these substances must be developmentally inappropriate (i.e. babies tend to put stuff in their mouths but a five-year-old should have grown out of that habit)

Pica often occurs alongside other mental health problems and learning difficulties.

It can affect kids, teens and adults.

Doctors have expressed their shock while pondering how the patient was alive after swallowing a knife.

The patient is said to be in a critical condition and is still in an intensive care unit (ICU).

But medics are hopeful of a full recovery.  


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