Man swallowed 1 Kg of screws and nails to compensate quitting habit of alcohol drinking

Doctors have removed over one Kg of nails and screws from a man’s stomach after he started swallowing them to compensate quitting the habit of alcohol drinking in Lithuania. The surgery took place after the man was admitted at a hospital in Baltic port city of Klaipeda with severe abdominal pain.

In an X-ray, it revealed the man had swallowed metal pieces up to a length of 10 cm. He then was urgently taken to operation theatre and removed whole metal things and other foreign items from the stomach, said the doctors.

“We’ve never seen anything like it,” Algirdas Slepavicius, head surgeon at Klaipeda Hospital told local media. The patient is doing well after the surgery, he added.

The man had a habit of drinking which he stopped last month and it was after this he started swallowing metal objects. It is believed that the action was some sort of adjusting mechanism of the mind.

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