From time to time little things get lost. Whether you are playing billiards naked in the dark; counting money with your tongue; battling with an electric rolling pin….or just ‘slipping’ whilst in the shower….you may be unlucky enough to find yourself in the emergency department desperately trying to manifest a more tangible excuse for foreign body concealment.
These are my top 10 foreign bodies.
10 Not the tastiest treats in the cupboard
Can you identify all the objects – and spot the odd one out…
9 Toxic Ingestions
Iron tablets are among a select group of preparations which are radio-opaque. An X-ray can be a great way of determining the exact number of tablets ingested of this potentially lethal substance.
Fortunately mercury thermometers are going out of fashion. Don’t sneeze when your temperature is being taken…
8 Mmm that looks yummy Mummy
Ear-rings, paper clips, screws and spoons are not liable to degrade quickly upon ingestion…
7 Money in the Bank
6 Mea culpa
Sometimes cavity penetration occurs through no fault of the patient…
5 Not the Full 8-ball
Warning: Playing billiards, naked, in the rain…at night – may result in serious injury
4 Beware the Button Battery
3 The Classics
Who knew there were so many varieties of electric rolling pins?
2 Serial Offender
Iron deficiency may be a reason behind the ingestion of some metallic objects.
MMmm – Surgeons in Rotterdam in the Netherlands were flabbergasted when X-rays showed 78 different items of cutlery in the 52-year-old woman’s stomach.
1 “Can’t Beat the Feeling!”
This is my favourite, mainly because of the inventive excuse used to explain the placement of a 375mL effervescent drink bottle. As a result of the alleged causative event the team at Life in the Fast Lane issue the following warning.
Warning: Narrow necked bottles should not be used to collect urine specimens