During a diagnostic procedure, doctors in Britain, who have documented the case in the British medical journal BMJ Case Reports, discovered a “mustard coloured foreign body” in the lung.
Paul Baxter, 50, who was identified in local news reports, said Thursday morning on BBC Breakfast that the doctors “managed to pull it up — and it came up and it came up and we were watching it on the screen and nobody could tell what it was.” [A father confused liquid nicotine for medicine — and gave his 6-year-old a toxic dose] It was, in fact, a tiny toy traffic cone from a Playmobil set that Baxter had apparently aspirated more than four decades earlier.
In the case report, which was published late last week, the authors wrote that the tiny toy was found during a bronchoscopy, a procedure in which doctors insert a small camera into the airways.
It was the first time, the authors noted in the report, that a case had been reported in which a foreign object had been unknowingly lodged in someone's airways for such a long period of time.
However, a case in which the onset of symptoms occurs so long after initial aspiration is unheard of in the literature,” the authors wrote in the paper, noting the patient had not experienced symptoms until the previous year.