Doctors in Singapore were shocked to discover an octopus lodged in a man’s esophagus while performing a gastrointestinal exam.
The unnamed Singaporean man first realized something was wrong when he started vomiting following a meal that included a raw octopus.
When he realized he also had trouble swallowing, the man panicked and quickly visited the Tan Tock Seng Hospital emergency room.
Doctors there quickly conducted a CT scan, which revealed a super-dense mass in the man’s esophagus.
They weren’t sure what it was without conducting an invasive procedure called esophagogastroduodenoscopy, which involves inserting a small, flexible tube with a camera at its end down the person’s throat.
Images from the endoscope camera were recently shared by the American Gastrointestinal Association (AGA) Institute, and show the eight-tentacled critter stuck in the man’s esophagus, preventing him from swallowing.
At first, doctors tried the “push technique,” which usually proved very successful.
However, the octopus was fighting, so applying too much pressure risked rupturing the esophagus.
They tried getting the endoscope past the octopus into the stomach and then retroflexing it. They then had to use forceps to grab the sea creature and pull it out of the esophagus.
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