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Swallowed Playmobil traffic cone 'in man's lung for 40 years'

Swallowed Playmobil traffic cone 'in man's lung for 40 years'”

The patient was sent to the respiratory clinic after having a cough and producing mucus for over a year, as medics suspected that the long-term smoker could have lung cancer.

United Kingdom doctors reportedly removed a toy traffic cone from a 47-year-old patient's lung after the man was referred to a respiratory clinic for medical treatment.

After an x-ray showed a mass on the lung, coupled with the man's former smoking habits, doctors thought the man had tumour.

After coming in over a persistent cough that had a troubled him for over a year, a cone-shaped mass was spotted in the man's lungs via X-ray.

"Following the procedure, the patient reported that he regularly played with and even swallowed pieces of Playmobil during his childhood", the report said.

They added that when the man was young, the tiny traffic cone may have been absorbed into the lining of the lung, which developed around it.

He told doctors that he'd received the toy set, including the traffic cone, for his 7th birthday.

A quartet of medico-boffins from the Departments of Respiratory Medicine at Wythenshawe and Royal Preston Hospital explain this malaise in a British Medical Journal case note titled "An airway traffic jam: a plastic traffic cone masquerading as bronchial carcinoma".

The toy was removed with biopsey forceps, The Guardian UK reports.

Experts claim that the case is the longest they are aware of in which a toy has remained undetected in a human body.

According to the BBC, the case study's authors say the man's "cough had nearly gone and his symptoms had improved markedly" four months after the traffic cone was removed with a flexible bronchoscope.

"He finally found his long-lost Playmobil traffic cone in the very last place he would look", the case report said.

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