Shocking! Live Eel found in Vietnamese man's belly during surgery

The shocking discovery came after the man complained of severe abdominal cramps, prompting medical attention at the Hai Ha district medical center.

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In a surprising medical revelation, doctors in Vietnam were left astonished when they discovered a 32 cm live eel inside a 34-year-old man's rectum. The shocking discovery came after the man complained of severe abdominal cramps, prompting medical attention at the Hai Ha district medical center.

Medical examination reveals disturbing findings

Upon examination, medical professionals conducted an ultrasound and an X-ray, revealing the presence of a live eel in the man's belly. The eel's presence caused peritonitis, a serious inflammation of the abdominal cavity's lining, as reported by Nguoi Dua Tin.

 Live Eel found in Vietnamese man's belly during surgery
Live Eel found in Vietnamese man's belly during surgery Jam Press

Unusual entry route raises eyebrows

Doctors speculated that the 30 cm eel may have entered the man's body through his anus, eventually maneuvering through his colon. Following emergency surgery, the patient experienced relief from abdominal pain and was conscious during postoperative care.

Expert opinion on the rare case

Dr. Pham Manh Hung, Head of the Department of Surgery at Hai Ha District Medical Center, commented on the rarity of the case, emphasizing the potential risks associated with rectal infections. However, he assured that the surgery was performed safely, minimizing complications.

Eel-related complications 

The eel's presence led to intestinal perforation and peritonitis which required prompt medical intervention. The National Institute of Health highlights the severity of intestinal perforation, stressing the importance of early detection and treatment to prevent further complications.

Previous unusual medical cases

This incident follows a previous unusual medical case in Vietnam, where a man suffered from headaches caused by a pair of chopsticks lodged in his skull. The discovery of tension pneumocephalus, along with the chopsticks, underscored the unpredictability of medical anomalies and the necessity for comprehensive healthcare.

As medical professionals continue to address such rare occurrences, these incidents serve as reminders of the complexities and unexpected challenges in healthcare delivery.