A man who had been sitting on the toilet playing games on his phone for hours has been rushed to hospital after noticing a mysterious ball-sized lump dangling from his anus.
The Chinese man sought medical attention after “a big lump slipped out of his anus”. After examining him, the doctors in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province said the man’s rectum was disattached from his body, according to the Daily Mail.
The doctors said the man had spent too much time playing on his phone while he was on the toilet, thus succumbing to a condition called “rectal prolapse”, which is described as the last part of one’s intestines losing its attachment to the body and becoming visible from outside the body.
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The last part of one’s large intestine essentially turns itself inside out, thus being able to slip out of the anus, according to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ACRS). Around two out of every 100,000 people suffer from rectal prolapse, with up to two-third of patients having chronic constipation.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, rectal prolapse most commonly afflicts women over age 50, but the condition can also occur in younger adults and children.
Natural News reports:
The man said he was playing mobile games while trying to move bowels for over 30 minutes.
The head of the doctors who examined the man, Dr. Su Dan, said the patient suffered from a severe case of rectal prolapse. “The patient has had rectal prolapse since he was four years old, but the bulge was bale to retract in the past. But he did not have the condition treated, so the situation got worse.”
A computed tomography scan (CT) scan revealed a ball-shaped bulge – which had a diameter of 16 centimeters (6.3 inches) – outside the patient’s anus. There were also bruises and blood spots along the patient’s intestinal wall, Dr. Su said.
Surgeons were able to remove the lump from the man, who is now recovering fitfully. He was treated at the gastrointestinal surgery division of The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University.
The incident shows that trying to defecate for a long period of time can be dangerous as it can weaken the muscles in the pelvis and cause the disentanglement of some organs around that area. Staying for a prolonged period of time on the toilet may not be a good idea – you’d think you might be multitasking, but you may be getting yourself into trouble instead.
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