(Mirror Daily, United States) – A 47-year-old patient from Preston, United Kingdom, came to see a doctor after he experienced an ugly cough for about a year. During the X-rays, doctors saw a strange spot on his lungs, and thought it might be cancer. However, the tumor turned out to be a small traffic cone toy the man had inhaled when he was a child.
Doctors thought the patient had cancer
The patient came to the doctor’s office with some unpleasant symptoms, such as a cough which had been persisting for about a year, accompanied by a yellow mucus. He was a smoker, so the doctors became quite worried. They decided to perform an X-ray, and noticed a spot was present on the man’s lungs.
The spot didn’t look like something that should be there, so the doctors believed it was a cancerous tumor. However, it turned out to have a completely different origin. To better see how the tumor looked like, the man had to undergo a bronchoscopy, where he had a scope shoved down his throat to receive a better diagnosis.
The tumor was, in fact, a tiny traffic cone toy
This is how they discovered the spot was no tumor. The unusual formation was, in fact, a Playmobil traffic cone, which the man had swallowed when he was a child. He admitted he liked playing with Playmobil toys, and often swallowed the pieces. In fact, he remembered perfectly how he had received such a set on his seventh birthday, and one traffic cone had disappeared forever.
This was the first instance of a foreign object being present in a person’s body for so many years without showing its presence. Doctors suspect that, since he aspirated the traffic cone at such an early age, his lungs and airways could develop around the object. Now that he had it removed, his symptoms are gone, and he is living a normal life again.
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