Prisoner with psychiatric issues swallows mobile phone; undergoes painful surgery
Known to have psychiatric and social issues, he told staff he had swallowed his mobile phone six hours earlier.
After being admitted, he was put on strict 'nil by mouth' orders. At first, a chest X-ray showed the device was resting in the part of the abdomen just above the stomach.
Eight hours later, scans revealed the phone had moved to his stomach but had not progressed into his bowel.
First, surgeons inserted an endoscope - a long, thin, flexible tube with a light and a video camera at the end - so they could locate the phone and drag it out of the patient's stomach via his oesophagus.
But when this failed, they were forced to perform a laparotomy - where a large incision is made in the abdomen - and were able to remove the device successfully.
When the device was measured it, it was found to be 6.8 × 2.3 × 1.1 cm.
Surgery such as a laparotomy is required in less than 1 per cent of cases where people ingest foreign bodies, doctors noted.
Around 10 - 20 per cent of patients undergo an endoscopy, which is the preferred procedure as it is less invasive and does not result in scarring.
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