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Patient Stunned To Discover He Has Only One Lung After Inhaling Pen Cap Two Decades Ago (Photos)

| by Sean Kelly
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A man in China was shocked to discover, thanks to an X-ray, that one of his lungs had apparently disappeared.

According to reports, 32-year-old Yu Hang went to the Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital School of Medicine in Zhejiang Province complaining of a cold that wouldn't go away. Doctors took an X-ray, leading them to discover his left lung is missing, reported People's Daily Online. 

Yu subsequently said he’d accidentally swallowed a plastic pen cap 20 years ago, when he was a child, but never sought medical attention because it didn’t bother him. 

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Surgeons later removed the cap and discovered the lung had shriveled to the point of no longer being functional.

“We found that his left lung was completely blocked, causing a partial collapse of the windpipe, with the other side having a ball-shaped growth,” Dr. Chen Enguo said. 

Yu said he was shocked by the condition his lung was in, reports Daily Mail.

“All these years, I have never felt any problems with my lungs or chest tightness, shortness of breath or other lung problems,” he said.

Sources: Daily Mail, People’s Daily Online 

Photo Credit: Daily Mail