Watch the astounding moment surgeon pulls out 18 toothbrushes from a patient’s stomach

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  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • Film shows a patient under anaesthetic with an incision in their stomach
  • Doctors speaking Spanish drag out 18 toothbrushes using tongs
  • They also remove objects which resemble a corkscrew and some tweezers
  • Expert: This is a medical emergency as brushes can perforate the stomach

This is the incredible moment 18 toothbrushes are dragged out of a patient’s stomach.

Not for the squeamish, the bizarre video shows a surgeon pulling the brightly coloured brushes – and an array of other objects – out of the person’s insides during an operation.

The medics, who are speaking Spanish, throw each of the removed items into a metal bowl.

But an expert commenting on the video today told MailOnline it is impossible to accidentally swallow a long, rigid object such as a toothbrush.

As a result, such an occurrence is only ever seen in patients with psychiatric problems.

The clip begins showing the unidentified person already under general anaesthetic on the operating table, surrounded by a team of medics holding tongs and a suction pipe.

There is an incision in the patient’s belly button and a clamp holding it open so doctors can access their stomach.

The camera pans above the person’s body, revealing their insides are jam-packed with coloured plastic.

Astonishingly, a surgeon begins pulling out toothbrush after toothbrush with a pair of tongs, removing 18 in total.

Other objects are also removed – one appears to be a metal pair of tweezers and another resembles a fold-up corkscrew.

At one point, a long slimy green piece of string is pulled out, as well as a long spike which could be a pencil or a skewer.

At the end of the film, the camera shows the metal bowl, which is now absolutely full of brushes and slime.

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The mind-boggling video has been viewed more than 7,000 times since it was uploaded to LiveLeak.com yesterday.

It was shared by a user called ‘maherkw’ who is based in Kuwait.

The astonishing video shows medics removing 18 toothbrushes and an array of other objects from a person's stomach. They are removed through an incision in the person's front, just above the belly button

The astonishing video shows medics removing 18 toothbrushes and an array of other objects from a person’s stomach. They are removed through an incision in the person’s front, just above the belly button

Dr Anton Emmanuel, a consultant gastroenterologist at University College London Hospitals, and spokesperson for the British Society of Gastroenterology, said it is impossible to swallow a toothbrush accidentally.

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He said: ‘Nearly all cases like this are patients with psychiatric disorders,’ he said.

‘You have to voluntarily swallow such a long, rigid object. It may be surprising but it is possible to overcome the gag reflex, it’s mind over matter.’

At the end of the clip the metal bowl - absolutely full with full-length toothbrushes - is revealed

At the end of the clip the metal bowl – absolutely full with full-length toothbrushes – is revealed

The toothbrush will slip down the oesophagus easily without getting stuck – unlike coins or Lego blocks, he said.

However, once it hits the stomach it cannot usually pass through the valve which leads into the bowel, therefore it blocks it.

‘It becomes stuck and stops the stomach carrying out its function. All the stomach acid and saliva cannot drain.
At the end of the clip the metal bowl – absolutely full with full-length toothbrushes – is revealed
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At the end of the clip the metal bowl – absolutely full with full-length toothbrushes – is revealed

‘The patient will feel very sick, nauseous, with stomach ache, and will start vomiting.

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‘That’s when they present at hospital with stomach and something funny on their X-ray.’

Such an event is a medical emergency, as foreign objects can perforate the stomach or bowel if the toothbrush manages to pass into it.

Dr Emmanuel continued: ‘If the stomach perforates it can burst.

‘If the bowel perforates you get peritonitis, where the contents of the bowel leak into the body, making you very sick as there’s a lot of bacteria which can cause infection.

‘There is a 60 per cent fatality with this.’

While small objects such as coins or pins can be removed with a camera known as an endoscope, large objects such as a toothbrush would need to be taken out surgically, he said.

And it is nigh impossible for a person who has swallowed a toothbrush to excrete it naturally, Dr Emmanuel added.

‘It would be medically negligible to leave a full-length toothbrush,’ he said.

After the operation, such patients are immediately referred for psychiatric help to get to the root of why they consumed the object in the first place.

‘You can take out the toothbrush but the operation won’t address the psychiatric problem.

‘You’re left with a patient with the same beliefs and a hole in their stomach.

‘It needs careful management between the gastroenterology department and the psychiatry department.’

Swallowing toothbrushes is associated with eating disorders such as bulimia, according to a paper in the Americal Journal of Roetgentology.

It said patients with bulimia often use such objects to induce vomiting and then accidentally ingest them.

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‘Although any object may be used, the toothbrush seems to be used frequently, likely because of its presence in the bathroom, where self-induced vomiting most often occurs,’ the authors said.

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Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3517020/Watch-astounding-moment-surgeon-pulls-18-TOOTHBRUSHES-patient-s-stomach.html

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