X-Ray of Coins in Man's Belly

Well, I’ve heard “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but a coin a day just kills your ass eventually. An elderly man walked into a French hospital in 2002 complaining of stomach aches and no bowel movements when doctors took an x-ray and found 12 pounds of coins, necklaces, and needles valued at over $650. Doctors immediately opened the man to remove the coins, but he died days later of complications.

His family conceded that the man suffered from mental illness and had been known to eat coins in the past, coins he usually stole from people he visited. The condition is known as “pica,” Latin for magpie. Regardless, eating hundreds of coins is just plain weird. Why is this important now? Well, the case study was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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