Doctors remove 33 objects including RAZORS and a screwdriver from the stomach of a 30-year-old man whose mother says he ‘grabs anything and eats it’
- Yogesh Thakur, 30, was admitted to hospital with severe stomach pain
- Doctors were stunned to see the vast amount of objects using x-rays
- Mr Thakur is reported to have a mental health problem of some kind
- It is likely he suffered with pica, when someone eats non-nutritious items
Doctors have removed 33 objects, including razors and knives, from the stomach of an Indian man.
Yogesh Thakur, 30, was admitted to hospital on July 14 after he complained of severe stomach pain.
His mother, Kusma Thakur, told doctors her son would ‘grab anything and eat it’, leading them to conduct x-rays.
They were stunned to find objects such as a knife, screwdriver, razor blades and plastic items inside Mr Thakur’s stomach.
Two days later, doctors extracted the list of objects and Mr Thakur, a part-time farmer, is now recovering and will receive psychiatric help.
Doctors in India have removed 33 objects, including razors and knives, from the stomach of a man. Pictured, the objects lined up
Yogesh Thakur, 30, was admitted to hospital on July 14 after he complained of severe stomach pain. Two days later, doctors extracted all the items and Mr Thakur, picutred after surgery, is now recovering and will receive psychiatric help
Doctors treated Mr Thakur at MPN Khare Surgical and Maternity Nursing Home in Madhya Pradesh state’s Chhatarpur city.
It is likely Mr Thakur suffers with Acuphagia, a disorder where people eat sharp or metal objects and other indigestible items.
Acuphagia is a category of pica, an eating disorder whereby the person cannot help eating items that are not food including dirt, talcum powder and paint.
It often occurs alongside mental health disorders that impair functioning, such as autism or schizophrenia.
Doctors said Mr Thakur suffered from altered mental status (AMS), a general term used to describe various disorders of mental functioning such as defects in judgment or thought, confusion and unusual or strange behavior.
Doctors treated Mr Thakur at MPN Khare Surgical and Maternity Nursing Home in Madhya Pradesh state’s Chhatarpur city. Pictured, removing objects in surgery
Mr Thakur’s mother, Kusma Thakur, told doctors her son would ‘grab anything and eat it’, leading them to conduct x-rays (pictured) which revealed the objects inside his stomach
According to Mrs Thakur, her son has shown symptoms of strange behavioural patterns since he was a child, but she thought he would grow out of it.
She said: ‘He grabs anything and eats it. But we were surprised when we came to know that he could eat such dangerous things too.’
WHAT IS PICA?
Pica is an eating disorder that is characterised by the desire to eat items with little or no nutritional value.
These can include anything from stones, sand, paint and dirt to talcum powder.
It is most common in people with learning disabilities and during pregnancy.
It can cause a range of serious complications if the person is eating something that is poisonous or indigestible.
These include being poisoned by toxic ingredients and having a part of the body obstructed (which is often seen in people who eat hair).
It can also lead to excessive calorie intake, but also nutritional deprivation if the person eats a substance with no nutritional value instead of nutritious foods.
The person can also damage their teeth and be infected with parasites.
Dr MPN Khare, who performed the operation, said: ‘It was a rather difficult surgery as he suffered from hypertension [high blood pressure].
‘We were shocked and surprised to find over thirty sharp objects inside his abdomen.’
Dr Khare said Mr Thakur is currently recovering and will be discharged within the next five days.
The prevalence of pica is not known but it most likely is more prevalent in developing countries, according to The National Eating Disorders Associations.
Another 35-year-old man from India had eight spoons, a knife, two toothbrushes and two screwdrivers removed from his stomach in May 2019 at Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.
According to local reports, emergency surgery was performed when it was discovered the tip of a knife had punctured a hole in his stomach.
In another incident, surgeons removed around three pounds of metals including nuts, bolts and jewellery from a woman’s stomach in the western Indian state of Gujarat last year.