Australian surgeons, who treated a 70-year-old woman suffering from severe abdominal pain, said they found a toothpick stuck in the patient’s swollen gut.
The doctors in Victoria State’s capital Melbourne said the toothpick was lodged in an inflamed area of the colon of the woman.
The woman usually visit the hospital four times in a month for the pain, according to their report in the BMJ medical journal released on Wednesday.
The surgeons said they believed the “toothpick impaction” had pierced the woman’s colon and “exacerbated her symptoms”.
The surgeons said initial medical scans showed no evidence of perforation or any foreign body in the woman’s gastrointestinal system and the case highlighted the importance of considering such items in patients suffering from these bowel conditions.