Doctor Who Said She Needs Appendicitis Surgery Didn’t Expect to Find THIS Inside
Doctors are certainly not strangers to odd predicaments ailing the patients they treat, but one case detailed in the Journal of Medical Case Reports just might be one of the most astounding to date: the case of the condom-stuffed appendix.
A 26-year-old woman arrived at a hospital in Cameroon presenting with what seemed like typical appendicitis. She was feverish and complained of tenderness and pain on the right side of her pelvis, so debilitating that she could no longer eat. Scans showed her abdomen was full of fluids, and coupled with the other symptoms, doctors felt appendicitis was a reasonable diagnosis. The woman was whisked into emergency surgery to remove her appendix before it burst, but upon extracting the organ, the surgeons noticed it seemed a little off.
“Due to an unusual feel, we blindly dissected the resected appendix and found an incomplete piece of a rubbery material which was consistent with a condom,” reads the report.
After recovering from the surgery, the patient was able to confirm that yes, she had indeed accidentally ingested a condom— two weeks earlier. She stated it had accidentally slipped down her throat during lovemaking with her boyfriend, but she had not thought the incident was connected to her symptoms. She had also neglected to seek medical attention after discovering pieces of the condom in her stool five days later, an indicator that something was most likely amiss.
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