The Strangest Objects Ever Found In Human Body [Gallery]

Doctors see a lot of strange things on the job, but perhaps no topic is weirder than the objects that find their way inside peoples’ bodies, such as this pair of scissors. That’s the topic of “Stuck Up!” a new book by Rich E. Dreben, Murdoc Knight and Marty A. Sindhian, a trio of medical insiders.

  • Sindhian, Dreben and Knight hope their book keeps people from trying to shove their Buzz Lightyear action figure to infinity and beyond and also takes away the stigma of people seeking emergency treatment when something does get stuck inside their body. Photo: St. Martin's PressSindhian, Dreben and Knight hope their book keeps people from trying to shove their Buzz Lightyear action figure to infinity and beyond and also takes away the stigma of people seeking emergency treatment when something does get stuck inside their body. Photo: St. Martin's Press
  • Although most swallowing emergencies happen to kids, Sindhian says adults will often swallow engagement rings, mainly as a way to hide them. Luckily, they usually pass through without incident -- unless the other person finds out what happened. Photo: St. Martin's PressAlthough most swallowing emergencies happen to kids, Sindhian says adults will often swallow engagement rings, mainly as a way to hide them. Luckily, they usually pass through without incident -- unless the other person finds out what happened. Photo: St. Martin's Press
  • Sindhian says that alcohol is also a common excuse, but younger people will say that it happened because of a dare, or because they were attempting to seek sexual pleasure, as was the case with this Barbie doll. Photo: St. Martin's PressSindhian says that alcohol is also a common excuse, but younger people will say that it happened because of a dare, or because they were attempting to seek sexual pleasure, as was the case with this Barbie doll. Photo: St. Martin's Press
  • Some of the excuses are stranger than the objects. Dreben says some patients tell their doctor they were doing some type of household chore in the nude when they "fell" or "tripped" or "jumped into bed" and "landed on the object." Others explain that their predicaments resulted from sexual activity. Photo: St. Martin's PressSome of the excuses are stranger than the objects. Dreben says some patients tell their doctor they were doing some type of household chore in the nude when they "fell" or "tripped" or "jumped into bed" and "landed on the object." Others explain that their predicaments resulted from sexual activity. Photo: St. Martin's Press
  • Many of the objects that get stuck inside the body were put there by people looking for sexual pleasure. That was the case with this electrical cord. Photo: St. Martin's PressMany of the objects that get stuck inside the body were put there by people looking for sexual pleasure. That was the case with this electrical cord. Photo: St. Martin's Press
  • However, objects such as the iPod may become more common. Although Sindhian doesn't know what possesses a person to insert something like that into their body. Photo: St. Martin's PressHowever, objects such as the iPod may become more common. Although Sindhian doesn't know what possesses a person to insert something like that into their body. Photo: St. Martin's Press
  • People have been swallowing or inserting unusual objects since the dawn of time, but the choice of objects has changed over the centuries. For instance, Sindhian doesn't think that any emergency rooms will be reporting cases of people inserting cassettes into their orifices any time soon. Photo: St. Martin's PressPeople have been swallowing or inserting unusual objects since the dawn of time, but the choice of objects has changed over the centuries. For instance, Sindhian doesn't think that any emergency rooms will be reporting cases of people inserting cassettes into their orifices any time soon. Photo: St. Martin's Press
  • Kids are more likely than adults to swallow coins, according to Sindhian, a forensic psychiatrist. Usually, they pass through without incident, but he knows of one case where a patient swallowed 50 coins and was at risk of toxic poisoning from the metals. Photo: St. Martin's PressKids are more likely than adults to swallow coins, according to Sindhian, a forensic psychiatrist. Usually, they pass through without incident, but he knows of one case where a patient swallowed 50 coins and was at risk of toxic poisoning from the metals. Photo: St. Martin's Press
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  • Doctors see a lot of strange things on the job, but perhaps no topic is weirder than the objects that find their way inside peoples' bodies, such as this pair of scissors. That's the topic of "Stuck Up!" a new book by Rich E. Dreben, Murdoc Knight and Marty A. Sindhian, a trio of medical insiders. Photo: St. Martin's PressDoctors see a lot of strange things on the job, but perhaps no topic is weirder than the objects that find their way inside peoples' bodies, such as this pair of scissors. That's the topic of "Stuck Up!" a new book by Rich E. Dreben, Murdoc Knight and Marty A. Sindhian, a trio of medical insiders. Photo: St. Martin's Press

The intentionally funny book includes more than 100 bizarre X-rays, and when you finish, you may never look at Barbie dolls or baby shoes the same way again.

Sindhian, forensic psychiatrist, who like Knight, emergency room physician, and Dreben, his fellow shrink , is using a pseudonym in the book, says the book was written for both humor and educational purposes.

“We hope it takes away the stigma of people seeking emergency treatment,” he said. “Plus, this is the stuff that really interests laypeople.”

The authors found more than 100 examples of strange objects that somehow found their way inside the body — and the reasons are as different as the entry ways of choice.

Sindhian said coins are the most common item swallowed by kids, while the most typical item swallowed by adults is a wedding ring.

“A lot of time they’re swallowed because people want to hide them,” Sindhian said. “Luckily, they pass through fairly easily.”

“Younger people are more likely to swallow objects, or stick them in their nose or ears,” he said. “They will put everything in their mouth.”

But when you’re an adult, strange objects are more likely to find their way into the body via the rectum.

Dreben said this explains two of the more extreme cases in the book: the Barbie doll and the Buzz Lightyear action figure that made it the long, dark trip upstream.

“In these cases with toys, the patients were often seeking sexual pleasure or gratification,” Dreben said.

“Some patients have been known not only to stimulate themselves manually with toys, but they have also repeatedly swallowed parts of toys because, per their report, passing the toy parts through their gastrointestinal tract and ultimately the anus ‘felt good.'”

Even stranger than the objects that people manage to ingest one way or another are the excuses, according to Dreben.

“Sometimes patients tell us that they were doing some type of household chore in the nude when they ‘fell’ or ‘tripped’ or ‘jumped into bed’ and ‘landed on the object,'” Dreben said. “Other times, patients are forthcoming in explaining that their predicaments resulted from sexual activity.”

“Men, in general, tend to be more daring and engage in risky behavior,” Sindhian said.

Sindhian notices that alcohol is also a common excuse, but the younger generation is becoming more forthright.

“Younger people will say that it happened because of a dare,” Sindhian said. “But more people are willing to admit that the situation occurred because they were seeking sexual pleasure.” [via Huff Post]

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