Doctors in Colombia were taken aback when they discovered a light bulb wedged up a man’s buttocks.
This year, the unnamed 53-year-old patient went to a local hospital complaining of pain in his anus.
During a physical check, doctors saw nothing, but an X-ray revealed a big light bulb jammed inside him.
It was also unclear how the bulb was removed or whether the individual suffered any long-term damage.
Doctors stated he was fortunate that the bulb had not shattered.
Dr Julian Pylori, a gastroenterologist in Colombia, revealed the case online, writing, ‘Not perceptible on rectal examination.
Unknown foreign body substance. ‘Endoscopic removal?’
It soon elicited a number of reactions online, including one from UK-based gastroenterologist Dr Keith Siau, who said, ‘Sorry, I’m out of brilliant ideas.’
Another doctor, Pakistan-based gastroenterologist Dr Ikram Tirmizi, stated, ‘Seems like a bulb.
‘Suction can be applied like that carried out by obstetricians during normal vaginal delivery.’
Other viewers were also quick to respond including one who said ‘he literally had a bright f****** idea lol’ and a second who complimented the patient on his ‘impressive skill and recklessness’.
Dr Alice Murray, a colorectal surgeon at Harvard Medical School, previously told Metro that a ‘whole range’ of items get stuck up people’s backsides.
Asked how they are removed, she added: ‘When patients come in, sometimes it’s simple to manage… requiring a bit of perseverance in [ER] with lots of lubricant and some basic instruments to grab hold of the thing and gently pull it out.
‘We are very careful not to damage the very important anal sphincters.
‘If it is really tricky, we may have to do this in a safer environment in theatre with the patient sedated or anesthetized and with full relaxation of the sphincters.’
In the worst-case scenario, if an object is too far up to be removed, a big operation may be required to extract the object.
Doctors have previously warned that when things become lodged in the rectum, they can cause the formation of a vacuum.
This can mean that when someone pushes on an object to try to remove it, the vacuum causes it to travel up further inside them.