Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: In a bizarre incident, doctors at a hospital in Cameroon found a piece of condom inside a woman's appendix.
The woman whose name has not been revealed came to the hospital complaining of pain and tenderness on the right side of her pelvis, making her unable to eat and suffer from fever, the Daily Mail reported.
Prior to the surgery, a scan revealed her abdomen was swollen with fluid, so the medics thought she had appendicitis and rushed her for an emergency operation.
But, what they found was astounding – a piece of condom stuck inside her organ.
Doctors believe this is the first case of its kind to be reported in medical literature.
The patient, after waking up from the procedure, told the doctors that she had accidentally swallowed a condom two weeks before.
She said while with her boyfriend the sheath had become loose and accidentally slipped down her throat.
But, neither she had sought medical intervention nor realised that her symptoms were due to the incident.
In the past, doctors have found other objects such as bullets, fishing lines, screws, coins, stones, toothbrush bristle, pins, needles, teeth, bone fragments and dog hair in the appendix.
The appendix is a blind-ended tube connected to the cecum, from which it develops embryologically. People have appendicitis when their appendix becomes blocked, and bacteria invade and infect the wall and lumen of the organ.