Surgeons Use Magnet To Remove 600 Iron Nails From Man’s Stomach

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We all get food cravings. Mine usually come at 11 o’clock at night when I’m trying to get to sleep, but won’t be able to until I’ve stuffed my face with four packets of Doritos. However, some people get much more bizarre cravings.

Pica is a type of eating disorder that causes people to persistently eat items with no nutritional value. It’s estimated that somewhere between 2% and 26% of the world’s population enjoys a munch of paint chips, hair, dirt, or rocks now and then.

The disorder can cause negative health effects, but one man with a penchant of eating sharp, iron nails is lucky to be alive. Surgeons managed to removed 600 nails from the man’s stomach without a single puncture!

In a small village outside of Calcutta, India, 48-year-old Pradip Kumar Dhali started complaining of severe pain in his abdomen two months ago. He family took him to see a doctor who ordered an ultrasound.

No one could believe what the ultrasound revealed. It showed that 600 iron nails were lodged in the man’s stomach. Dhali had been eating the metal items when he was alone.

Dhali was admitted to the hospital where he underwent surgery. Amazingly, doctors removed all of the nails using a magnet.

Dr Siddhartha Biswas from the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital in India led the surgical team that operated on Dhali. He had been a guest doctor at the local clinic in Dhali’s village. He described the procedure as high risk and said that there could have been a possibility of piercing the stomach wall.

“Last month his family had brought the ultrasound report to us. I was shocked to find nails in his abdomen. We decided to operate on him. It was risky as his stomach had become abnormally big and was completely filled with nails. But luckily it did not pierce the stomach.”

Surgeons chose to perform a minimally invasive procedure on Dhali. They only made a small incision in his abdomen and stomach, and used a magnet to take out each nail one at a time.

“We partially cut his stomach and used a magnet to bring out the nails one by one,” Biswas revealed. “There were more than 600 nails inside. It was made sure that all the nails he swallowed were taken out.”

Dhali’s eating disorder may be associated with the fact that he has also been diagnosed with schizophrenia. His family claims that he has made a habit out of eating strange, inedible objects. Still, they were shocked to find that he had managed to swallow so many iron nails.

Dhali’s psychiatrist had asked his family not to disturb him as part of his treatment for schizophrenia. While his family members had no idea where he would have gotten the nails, they did not spend much time checking to see what he was eating.

Spending a lot of his days alone, Dhali had ample time to consume the nails. He will now have to be more closely monitored so that this does not happen again.

I don’t know about you, but a bowl of nails for dinner doesn’t sound very appetizing, especially when it would result in a trip to the operating table. Sure makes eating your broccoli and brussels sprouts seem a lot more appealing, doesn’t it?

Meanwhile, many of us are battling unhealthy eating habits every single day. It may seem hard to do, but these bad habit CAN be beaten!

It’s unrealistic to think that you can just change your attitudes towards foods overnight, but here are some simple tips you can follow in order to lose weight, eat healthier and feel better:

It’s time to go from “inaction to action”. You can start right now with your next meal!

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