Doctors find mobile phone in stomach of vomiting man –

At first they tried to perform an endoscopic removal, whereby a small claw like instrument, attached to a camera is inserted into the throat to try and grasp the foreign object. The devices are usually used to extract coins, keys, magnets and batteries which have been swallowed.

But the surgeons struggled with the alignment and were worried they might tear the lining of the oesophagus when bringing the phone out.

“Following failed attempts at endoscopic removal, using endoscopic snares, graspers, tripod forceps and baskets, the endoscopic approach was abandoned,” said surgeon Obinna Obinwa, writing in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.

“The mobile phone could not be aligned correctly to allow for a safe retrieval while limiting the potential harm to the oesophagus.”


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