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NC Man's Illness From Sucking Piece Of Plastic Into Lung

Doctors say the coughing spells, fatigue and pneumonia spells that plagued a North Carolina man for over a year were likely caused by a piece of a plastic he sucked into his lung by gulping his soda.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that doctors at Duke University Medical Center pulled an inch-long piece of a plastic eating utensil from John Manley's left lung. The 50-year-old Wilmington home remodeler guessed he inhaled it while gulping a drink from a fast-food restaurant.

Dr. Momen Wahidi says foreign objects in the lungs are much more common in children, but he's extracted false teeth, nails, and a peanut from adults. He says adults holding nails or pins in their mouth may suck them into airways and not realize it.


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