A Suspected Case of Lung Cancer Turns Out to Be a Toy Traffic Cone



Last updated:

A 47-year-old man in the UK has received what might be the best news possible – that a suspected case of lung cancer was not lung cancer at all, but a Playmobil traffic cone he inhaled as a child.

The man was referred to a respiratory clinic after a year of dealing with symptoms. He was coughing and producing mucus, even after being treated for pneumonia (which did, to be fair, result in a slight improvement).

When doctors X-rayed the patient’s lungs, they found a mass in his right lung that significantly reduced the organ’s volume. It looked like a malignant tumour – but, on performing a bronchoscopy, instead they found a foreign object lodged in his lung, and removed it with forceps.

Closer inspection revealed that it was, indeed, a plastic toy traffic cone.

“Following the procedure, the patient reported that he regularly played with and even swallowed pieces of Playmobil during his childhood,”