Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Difficult to Swallow

I love my field for pictures like these:

Yup. This is a (working) watch imaged through an endoscope to the stomach.
Chest X-rays confirmed a wristwatch and two rings in the distal oesophagus. An otolaryngologist performed rigid oesophagoscopy, but the watch migrated into the stomach. A flexible gastroscopy was performed and a Casio digital wristwatch, displaying the correct time, and two signet rings were identified in the stomach and removed using a snare.
It takes a lickin' (literally)...

3 Comments:

Blogger Joshua Conner said...

Holy crap! So...what happens to the watch? Does the stomach acid eventually eat it? Do they remove it with surgery? Does the person - gulp - pass it?

10:58 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

That specific watch was "fished" out through the mouth/esophagus.

The stomach is more for mechanical digestion than chemical. It would be extremely painful as that entered the rest of the GI tract (and came out), if it was even possible.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Owen said...

Hey hey hey. There's lots of chemical digestion goes on in the stomach. Where do you think pepsin (a primary GI protease) acts, huh? I'll give you a hint: not in the small intestine, buddy! Sure, the stomach mooshes everything together to pass into the duodenum, but a lot of protein digestion occurs before that happens.

/oh noes, my nerd is showing!

11:20 PM  

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