The necklaces can be seen resting in the stomach. The clear areas above them are gas in the stomach from his swallowing air along with the necklaces.

2 responses to “xray

  1. Susan C Shea

    December 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Now what, Dr. Doug? Too big to pass without causing damage somewhere along the route? Surgery to recover stolen goods (assuming they’re not just paste)? Inquiring minds want to know!


    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      December 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      I assume the necklaces have a few sharp stone and metal edges so giving cathartics so he would pass them could lead to some nasty problems–bleeding, bowel perforation, bowel obstruction, a some other fun stuff. Next choice would be through an endoscopy scope–but they might not be retrievable that way. So it’s possible that open surgery was required. The article didn’t say just used the generic word surgery which could encompass both scope and open approaches–though the former is not technically a surgical procedure.



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