The British Medical Journal depicts an interesting case where a 76 year old woman referred to a GI specialist for diarrhea and weight loss was found to have a pen in her stomach, as revealed by stomach scans.
The grand old Lady recalled a freak accident 25 years ago which had caused her to accidentally gulp a pen down her throat.
AdvertisementHer present condition, which is common in old people, diagnosed as severe diverticulitis, was not due to the presence of this foreign object, the doctors said.
The pen was surgically removed to reveal a wonder of wonders - it still had ink and worked. Another incredible fact was that the pen had not caused any damage to her GI tract for the past 25 years.
Though the lady and her husband had reported this matter to a specialist 25 years ago, X-rays done at that time did not show the presence of any foreign object and further, the doctors found her story rather unbelievable to investigate further.