Doctors remove 639 nails from stomach of a man

Vastavam web:Doctors shocked to see the scanning report of the person, who came to them with abdominal pain. They find abnormal material in his stomach. Doctors at the state-run Calcutta Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata have removed 639 nails, weighing more than one kg, from the stomach of a 48-year- old man suffering from schizophrenia. The man had swallowed the nailsover a period of time. “The patient is from North 24 Parganas district’s Gobardanga. He was suffering from schizophrenia and had swallowed nails and soil regularly over a period of time,”said Dr Siddhartha Biswas, who conducted the operation.“We made a 10 cm incision in the abdomen and removed the nails using a magnet. We have also extracted soil,” Biswas said, adding that the surgery lasted about an hour and 45 minutes.The patient had been complaining of stomach pain since last week of September and was taken to a private nursing home where X-rays revealed the presence of nails. He was immediately referred to the Calcutta Medical Collegeand Hospital where X-rays and endoscopy had shown presence of nails around 2 to 2.5 inches long in the stomach.