22 Dec '11, 7am

Pen removed from woman's stomach 25 years later still works

A 76-year-old British woman went to the hospital complaining of weight loss and diarrhoea, only to find she had a felt-tipped pen lodged in her stomach (picture). The discovery was published in the British Medical Journal. The woman was seeing a gastrointestinal specialist when her doctor noticed "a linear foreign body" in an X-ray of her stomach. When questioned, she remembered that 25 years ago she was using the pen to inspect her tonsils, when she slipped, fell and accidentally swallowed it. A doctor dismissed her story at the time after her X-rays came up normal. Gastroenterologist Dr Oliver Walters said the lost pen was not to blame for the woman's digestive problems, but they decided to remove it anyway as there was a small risk it could perforate her stomach lining. To their surprise, the pen was still in working order. A doctor used it to write "hello" and then too...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/Worldinbrief/EDC111222-0...

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