Clogged up? CT discovers odd blockage in Belgian man

After two days of suffering, a 24-year-old man decided it was time to head to the hospital. Physicians performed a CT scan and found a little spherical obstruction that turned out to be an olive.

Published in BMJ Case Reports Aug. 9, this case study puzzled doctors who had to scan a fresh olive so it could be compared to the patient’s CT scan. Turns out, the man’s favorite food was to blame for the blockage. The incident also allowed physicians to diagnose him with Crohn’s disease, which includes frequent inflammation in the digestive tract.

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