NEW YORK (VINnews) — Doctors in Lithuania removed more than a kilogram of nails and screws from the stomach of a man who started swallowing metallic objects after quitting alcohol.Click to get Text Message Updates right to your phone
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The condition is known as pika. It involves people compulsively eating non-food items, which can be harmful or fatal.
The man was admitted to hospital in the Baltic port city of Klaipeda suffering from severe abdominal pain.
An X-ray of his stomach showed up pieces of metal – some measuring up to 10cm (4in).
“During the three-hour operation with X-ray control, all foreign bodies, even the smallest ones, in the patient’s stomach were removed,” said surgeon Sarunas Dailidenas.
The operation was performed on Friday and Lithuanian media showed pictures of a pelvic bowl filled with bloodied metal.
“We’ve never seen anything like it,” Algirdas Slepavicius, head surgeon at Klaipeda Hospital told local media.
The patient was in a stable condition following the operation, he added.