Doctors stunned to find 2kg dumbbell in man’s rectum – before having to pull it out by hand

Doctors stunned to find 2kg dumbbell in man’s rectum – before having to pull it out by hand

DOCTORS in Brazil have been left stunned after a man got a 2kg dumbbell stuck in his rectum.

The 54-year-old man was suffering with stomach pains, nausea and had been unable to pass a stool.

A 54-year-old man presented to doctors in Brazil with stomach pains after inserting this dumbbell into his rectum
A 54-year-old man presented to doctors in Brazil with stomach pains after inserting this dumbbell into his rectumCredit: Elsevier
Surgeons had to sedate the man and remove the object with surgical tweezers
Surgeons had to sedate the man and remove the object with surgical tweezersCredit: Elsevier

Before attending the hospital in Manaus, the man had tried to remove the weight himself – but to no avail.

He waited for two days before seeking medical help – but after having a rectal examination, doctors were unable to find what had been causing the problem.

Medics ordered X-rays and found the piece of gym equipment, which was 20cm long and was lodged where the colon meets the rectum.

Writing in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, the medics said the case had been of a sexual nature.

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They explained that with cases like this, people are often less forthcoming about the details of the issue.

Their first attempt to remove the dumbbell resulted in them sedating the man and trying to remove it with surgical tweezers.

They were unable to remove it and had to opt for a manual removal, which meant the surgeon had to put his hand in to fish the object out.

The patient was discharged after spending three days in hospital.

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“Retained rectal objects are a rare complaint in the emergency department, but an increasingly important occurrence in recent years”, the experts said.

They explained that it’s a problem that affects both genders but is predominately seen in men.

“A huge variety of rectal objects have been described, with a greater predominance of those of a sexual nature, followed by glass objects, which should be handled with greater care due to their fragility and risk of injury if broken”, the experts said.

In a case such as the man with the lodged dumbbell, medics said physical examination should be the standard procedure.

A rectal extraction should be performed when there is a risk of piercing, they added.

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It was previously revealed that Brits putting things up their bum costs the NHS £350,000 each year.

Beer bottles, toothbrushes, carrots and wine corks are just some of the items reported over the years.

An analysis by medics at Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust aimed to uncover the financial burden to the country.

They calculated the “number of rectal foreign bodies that required removal in hospital” between 2010 and 2019.

A total of 3,500 objects were removed from the back passage over the course of nine years.

The cost of anaesthetics, bed occupancy and more has totalled the NHS £3 million over the same period.

Men were almost always (85 per cent) the patients, said the report published in the Royal College of Surgeons of England Annals.

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And oldies were just as into it as youngsters, with one in six patients over the age of 60. 

The authors of the paper said the trend was continuing to get worse, speculating it was due to the rise of internet porn.

X-rays were able to show the lodged piece of gym equipment after doctors failed to find anything with a rectal exam
X-rays were able to show the lodged piece of gym equipment after doctors failed to find anything with a rectal examCredit: Elsevier

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