Published: Fri, September 29, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Not Lung Tumor, Man Diagnosed with Playmobil

Not Lung Tumor, Man Diagnosed with Playmobil

These symptoms, along with the spread of a bacterial infection in the pockets of the lower right lung, led his team to believe that the man had a tumor, which needed prompt removal.

The 47-year-old man was rushed to hospital after complaining of a nasty cough which had gone on for more than a year. He was suspected to be suffering from lung cancer, primarily due to his history as a long-term smoker.

At 46 years old, the patient consulted a doctor about a chronic cough that was concerning him.

But when doctors went in to remove the mass, instead of a tumour they pulled out a small plastic traffic cone that the man had received as part of a birthday gift when he was seven.

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"Following the procedure, the patient reported that he regularly played with and even swallowed pieces of Playmobil during his childhood", the report said.

The unique case was detailed in the BMJ Case Reports journal, which explained why a toy ended up inside Baxter's lungs.

Reality influenced the specialists to wheeze themselves: During a bronchoscopy, they found the tumor was really a small toy activity cone the patient had gotten as a feature of a blessing when he turned 7.

They believe the situation continued for more than 40 years without being noticed because "the patient's airway was able to remodel and adapt to the presence of this foreign body".

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Dr Munavvar, who has spent 20 of his 30 years as a doctor at Royal Preston, said: "Usually the patient remembers they have inhaled something but in Paul's case he just didn't".

Four months after the cone was removed, the patient's cough had almost cleared and his other symptoms had improved. In case of infection, doctors may prescribe antibiotics and breathing therapy, according to an article by The New York Times.

Undoubtedly, safety standards and parenting approaches were considerably laxer 40 years ago, but Denny says there really isn't anything new to be learned from this case.

"On a positive note, his symptoms improved markedly and he finally found his long lost Playmobil traffic cone in the very last place he would look".

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"He may have had symptoms as a child at the time it was aspirated - cough, chest pain, etc. - but these were put down to a transient illness".

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