When a 52-year-old woman went to get her colon checked out, she was glad to hear that there was no signs of cancer. But it wasn’t all good news! Why? Because doctors somehow found a cockroach jammed in her transverse colon.
It’s obviously not the worst thing you can find during a colonoscopy but it probably has to qualify as one of the most disgusting. Here’s the almost poetic description of the discovery:
The procedure was uncomplicated with no gross mucosal pathology, however, an insect was found in the transverse colon on a routine screening colonoscopy. The insect was aspirated and sent to the lab for further identification.
The insect had three body segments (head, thorax, and abdomen) with ventrodorsal flattening of the body and a segmented abdomen, three pairs of legs extending from the thorax (with spikes and claw-like terminal appendages), elongated hind legs, and a pair of elongated antennae extending from the head to beyond the hind legs.
These morphologic findings were most consistent with the nymph form of Blattella germanica (German cockroach) of the Blattellidae family, a common household pest.