This man's sneeze was so hard his colon almost fell out of his body during breakfast

By Jurassic JennJun 15, 2024 15:01 PMCuriosity
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Sneezing can be dangerous. Source: www.unilad.com

During a pleasant breakfast at a Florida diner, a 63-year-old man experienced a terrifying incident that involved him sneezing and coughing simultaneously, resulting in his colon slipping out of his body. The man, who had recently undergone abdominal surgery, suddenly felt a wet sensation accompanied by sharp pain. Surprised, he lifted his shirt and discovered several inches of his colon protruding from a surgical wound, SSP writes.

Despite doctors assuring him that his incision had healed properly, this unexpected event took place, leaving the man and his wife in shock. Paramedics arrived at the scene to find a three-inch opening with a significant portion of the bowel exposed. Miraculously, there was minimal blood loss and no harm inflicted on the exposed organ.

Prompt medical attention led to his swift transportation to the hospital, where surgeons were able to delicately return his bowel to its rightful place within his abdomen. Thankfully, the man made a full recovery without complications and was discharged after six days.

This extraordinary incident was documented in the American Journal of Medical Case Reports and sheds light on a medical phenomenon known as dehiscence. It occurs when a surgical wound reopens, which is estimated to occur in around three out of 100 individuals who have undergone abdominal or pelvic surgeries. While more common in elderly patients, it can prove fatal for four out of 10 patients due to excessive blood loss and potential injury to exposed organs.

Prior to the incident, the man had already battled prostate cancer, with previous surgeries involving the removal of his bladder. In an effort to prevent any further complications, surgeons employed figure-of-eight stitches, an advanced and robust method of closure, along with internal and external stitching that penetrated multiple layers of the abdominal wall.

Although incidents like these are rare, they emphasize the importance of post-operative care and highlight the potential risks involved in surgical procedures. The patient's resilience throughout his medical journey is to be commended, as he managed to persevere and enjoy a celebratory breakfast at the diner alongside his wife following his final stitches removal.

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