Not cancer, but small traffic cone

A man was rushed to hospital for tests when an X-ray presented a dark mass on his lung

A British man accidentally ingested a toy as a child that appeared to be a tumor to his doctors 40 years later.

Medical staff suspected the 47-year-old, from Preston in the United Kingdom, had a tumour after an X-ray showed a lump.

Medics suspected the patient - a long-term smoker - had a tumour when scans showed something on his lung.

A British man was hoping for a misdiagnosis on a suspected cancer tumor, but he probably did not expect doctors to find a foreign object deep inside his lungs.

They performed a bronchoscopy to see inside his lung and discovered it was a "long-lost Playmobil traffic cone" the man inhaled as a seven-year-old. On his seventh birthday, back in 1974, he received a Playmobil set, and recalled swallowing the toy cone shortly afterward.

The handyman added that he "regularly played with and even aspirated (inhaled) the toy pieces during his childhood". They estimate the patient's aviation route some way or another adjusted to the nearness of the plastic toy or was assimilated into the covering of the lung.

Four months after its removal, his symptoms subsided and his cough had practically vanished.

Children may not be able to give accurate descriptions of what happened before the cough, nor the symptoms that developed, so it is safest for parents to seek immediate medical attention, said Munavvar.

The patient had been referred to a respiratory clinic after showing symptoms of coughing and producing mucus following treatment for pneumonia.

Inhaling small objects often resulted in symptoms within a week, but Baxter's toy cone only made its presence felt after four decades, making his case a very exceptional one in the history of medicine.

It was the first case, the doctors said, in which a foreign object lodged in a patient's body was undetected for 40 years.

"The doctor went in with the camera to start with, and he says 'I can see something, ' " the mail worker told the BBC, as reported by the local Manchester Evening News, "and he has little pincers on the end of his camera".

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