Believe It or Not!
An unidentified 76-year-old woman had a pen stuck inside her stomach for the past 25 years, according to a report in the British Medical Journal. Doctors at a hospital in Exeter found the pen on a CT scan when the patient came to the hospital complaining of weight loss and diarrhea.
The patient told her doctors that 25 years ago, she was using the pen to inspect a spot on her tonsils when she slipped, fell and accidentally swallowed the pen. Her physician husband didn’t believe her story but took an x-ray of her stomach, which showed nothing inside of her.
So the pen remained in her stomach for over two decades, causing the woman no symptoms at all.
“Normally the stomach acid will disintegrate things like the inside of a pen,” Dr. Steven Moss, a gastroenterologist at Rhode Island Hospital, told ABC News. “For the tip to be still intact with ink after 25 years is amazing.”