Doctors in Missouri, United States, were surprised to discover an abnormality during a routine colonoscopy of a 63-year-old patient. During the procedure, which was smooth until it reached the transverse colon of the large intestine, the doctors found a completely useless fly.
Matthew Bechtold, head of Gastroenterology at the University of Missouri, confirmed to The Independent that the fly was dead after being examined.
The patient, whose identity is being kept private, had a relatively normal medical history, with mild heart problems, asthma and tinnitus. Before the colonoscopy, he followed the usual preparations, consuming only clear liquids the day before the procedure.
The man informed the doctors that, two days ago, he had eaten pizza and lettuce, but did not remember eating a fly with his meal. Confused, he admitted that he had no idea how the fly got into his colon.
The mystery of the intact fly in the colon
The unusual presence of the intact fly in the transverse colon was described as a “very rare colonoscopic finding and a mystery as to how the intact fly reached the transverse colon.” This medical mystery is documented in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
Bechtold told British media that the fly must have entered the body through the mouth or rectum, although doctors are still unsure about this.
Bechtold considered it impossible for a fly to enter the mouth and survive the digestion process due to the enzymes and acid in the stomach.
On the other hand, the theory that it entered through the rectum causes difficulties, because, according to Bechtold, it involves creating an opening large enough to allow the fly to fly unnoticed into the colon and passes through the middle of the large intestine in a very. curvy large intestine without light.
Although there are rare cases of fly and worm infestation in human intestines, known as intestinal myiasis, it usually requires the ingestion of foods containing eggs and worms, and the survival of poor gastric condition is unlikely, The Independent quoted the Library as saying. Medicine in the United States.