Lung Tumor Actually Caused by Toy Inhaled 40 Years Ago

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Lung Tumor Actually Caused by Toy Inhaled 40 Years Ago

PLAYMOBIL TOY TRAFFIC CONE INHALED 40 YEARS AGO, CARRIED IN MAN ALL ALONG

It’s far too easy to simply say that our bodies are comprised of the materials that we put into it, but there it is.  Or, to use a term I hate but is fully functional here, it is what it is.  Inevitably our bodies surprise us as we get older.  Sometimes those surprises are utterly banal, sometimes those surprises get told across the world to surprise everyone else as well.  This story is the surprise of one 47-year-old Brit that is easy to share.  I mean seriously, have you ever heard of anyone inhaling a Playmobil toy traffic cone and carrying it around in their lungs for 40 years?

WHAT COULD A COCAINE ADDICT INHALE BY ACCIDENT?

It’s not the kind of thing you’d think is forgettable, but then again everything is weird and new to a 7-year-old.  Perhaps we should all pause here and reach as far back as is necessary to get to 7 years of age and think: did I inhale anything crazy and carry it in my lungs all these years?  Well, perhaps not.  Maybe it is just that unusual.  At least it wasn’t Hot Wheels.

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DOCTORS CONVINCED MASS WAS TUMOR, TOY FROM 70’S DISCOVERED INSTEAD

Earlier this month, the BMJ published a case study describing the man’s medical odyssey titled “An airway traffic jam: a plastic traffic cone masquerading as bronchial carcinoma.” As its name suggests, the report concerns a suspected tumor that turned out to be a “long lost Playmobil traffic cone” the unnamed patient received as a birthday present at 7 years old.

After coming in over a persistent cough that had a troubled him for over a year, a cone-shaped mass was spotted in the man’s lungs via X-ray. Being a smoker, doctors initially suspected the mass to be a tumor until it was revealed to be a toy cleverly hidden to be played with later.

MAN RECOVERS AFTER CONE REMOVED, THEY ARE INDEED A HAZARD

According to the BBC, the case study’s authors say the man’s “cough had almost gone and his symptoms had improved markedly” four months after the traffic cone was removed with a flexible bronchoscope.

The BBC did not disclose whether the cone—now apparently shellacked in cigarette tar—was part of a larger playset or if the man’s entire birthday present was a single Playmobil cone.

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