Man suspected to have lung cancer discovers mass is toy he swallowed as child

The man from Preston received a Playmobil set as a child / BMJ Case Reports

A handyman suspected to have cancer after doctors found a mass in his lungs had his fears allayed when tests revealed it was a small toy cone he had swallowed as a child.

The unnamed 47-year-old from Preston, who had smoked for around thirty years, visited a doctor after coughing up yellow mucus for over a year.

A scan to determine the cause of his symptoms showed that he had a shadow in his lung.

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However, tests at the Royal Preston Hospital revealed that the mass was a…

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