Surgeons save man who swallowed stick and blade
Patient at Chennai hospital suffers from a psychiatric condition
A team of doctors at Stanley Medical College and Hospital, Chennai, removed a blade and a 10cm stick from a man suffering from a rare psychiatric condition, according to media reports.
The patient, Kalidoss, complained of abdominal pain and fever when he first visited the hospital on June 8. After preliminary investigations, they found pus in his liver, which required immediate surgery. Further tests revealed that a blade was stuck in his respiratory tract and a 10-cm stick was lodged in his intestine.
So far, the man has undergone three surgeries to remove objects.
Dr Kumudha Lingaraj, head of anesthesia, was quoted as saying, “He had folded the blade in two and swallowed it. Just as we removed the tube, we saw another part of the blade. So we had to intubate him again to retrieve it.”
Zee News reported that the team of doctors used a fiber-optic bronchoscope to see the object, after which they intubated him to remove it without damaging his airway.
Kalidoss was put on a ventilator for four days after the blades were removed and then underwent a loop ileostomy to have the stick removed.