Suspected tumor turns out to be a toy inhaled by man 40 years ago

Doctors in the U.K. have documented an unusual medical case, published recently in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), where a patient suspected of having a form of cancer actually had a decades-old toy lodged inside his body from childhood. 

The 47-year-old man had reportedly sought medical treatment for a persistent cough when a subsequent X-ray showed he had a mass in his lungs.

According to the BBC, it was initially thought to have been a tumor based on his history of smoking but turned out to be a “‘long lost Playmobil traffic cone’ he had received on his seventh birthday.”

As the man likely inhaled the small toy when he was a child, doctors suspect his lungs were able to adapt and keep him symptom-free until he started coughing. 

In fact, the paper suggests he may have had the longest untreated case of an inhaled object in the lungs that has been documented. 

Since the cone was removed, the man is said to be recovering with few lingering symptoms. 

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Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddles Family (considered hazardous by WATCH due to the potential for choking injuries)

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KidsTime US/Appease Toys: Baby Children's Elephant Pillow (potential for suffocation)

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Slimeball Slinger (potential for eye injuries)

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Banzai Bump n' Bounce Body Bumpers (potential for impact injuries)

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Nerf Rival: Apollo XV-700 Blaster (potential for eye injuries)

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The Good Dinosaur: Galloping Butch (potential for puncture wound injuries)

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Peppy Pups (potential for strangulation injuries)

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Flying Heroes: Superman Launcher (potential for eye and facial injuries)

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Baby Magic: Feed n' Play Baby (potential for ingestion injuries)

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Warcraft: Doomhammer (potential for blunt impact injuries)

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