Man's lung tumor turns out to be a toy he swallowed 40 years ago

Chest X-rays before (left) and after (right) removal of the toy cone.

Story highlights

  • Doctors initially thought that a lump in the patient's lung was a tumor
  • Choking followed by chronic cough is a sign of a foreign object in the lungs

(CNN)When doctors performed surgery on a man to remove what they suspected to be a bronchogenic carcinoma, they instead found a toy traffic cone he had swallowed in 1974.

The Playmobil toy cone had gone undetected in the man's right lung for 40 years and was found almost three years ago by Dr. Mohammed Munavvar at the Royal Preston Hospital in the UK, according to a