Cause of Woman's Stomach Pain Leaves Doctors 'Dumbfounded'

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The doctors had to perform an immediate surgery on the woman and were shocked to find a 7 centimetre piece of wire in her intestine which the doctors suspect came from her braces. But two days later, she returned to the hospital complaining of extreme pain and it was then that the doctors suggested her to go for a CT scan.

At first, doctors thought the pain might be due to a gallstone, but a computed tomography (CT) scan revealed a wire-shaped object in her small intestine. She also said she does not remember ingesting the wire or losing part of her braces, wrote Talia Shepherd, one of the physicians who treated the woman at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Nedlands in Western Australia.

CNN reported that a piece of dental braces was removed from a woman's intestine...10 years after her braces were removed (!).

While operating, doctors saw that the wire had pierced her small intestine in a number of different spots and had caused it to twist around on itself, developing a condition called volvulus, according to Ars Technica. Often, patients come to the emergency room with such stomach pain after swallowing fish bones which then perforate the bowels. "There might be a higher chance if you're sedated and undergo a dental procedure", Shepherd said.

Gastroenterologist and professor of medicine Dr.

"Usually, when people have an injury related to swallowing something, they remember accidentally swallowing it or intentionally swallowing it", she said, adding that the wire was "relatively large".

The people of Twitter who had a history with braces were just as frightened about this story as we were and couldn't believe what had happened.

"She is now well and carrying on with her life", Dr. Shepherd said.

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