STRANGE BUT TRUE
A 30-YEAR-OLD woman in Perth has recently undergone surgery for a wire in her intestine.
Doctors made the discovery after the woman came to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital griping about upper abdominal cramping.
At first, doctors thought the pain was caused by her gall bladder and sent her home after it stopped.
Two days later, the woman returned to the hospital and doctors did a CT scan on her – to discover there was a wire-shaped object in her small intestine.
Doctors performed emergency surgery on the woman and removed a 2.8-inch-long piece of orthodontic wire that had pierced through several parts of the small intestine, causing the organ to twist around itself.
The patient told doctors her braces had been removed 10 years earlier, but she didn’t remember swallowing a piece of wire or having a wire go missing.
The doctors said it was remarkable that the wire stayed in the woman’s body for so long without causing pain or more serious injuries.