Doctors were left baffled after finding a fly inside a man’s intestines during a colonoscopy – fully intact and alive.
They put a camera inside his intestines for the colonoscopy and the procedure was going as normal until they reached the transverse colon, which is at the top of the large intestine.
It was there medics came across the fly – but say it’s a ‘mystery’ as to how it go there.
The doctors, from the University of Missouri School of Medicine, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology: ‘This case represents a very rare colonoscopic finding.
‘[It is a] mystery on how the intact fly found its way to the transverse colon.’
The patient said he had no symptoms and had no idea how the insect got into his body.
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He said he had only consumed clear liquids the day before the procedure to empty the digestive tract, as he was required to do.
The evening before his 24-hour fast he said he ate a meal of pizza and lettuce, but he does not remember a fly being in his food.
It has been known in rare cases for flies and their larvae to infest the human intestines in a condition called intestinal myiasis.
But people would have to have eaten food containing fly eggs and larvae. Rarely, the eggs can survive stomach acid and hatch, then grow inside the body.
This phenomenon has previously been linked to rotten bananas.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said some patients suffer no symptoms, but others have abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Myiasis is thought to be more common during the warmer months between April and September, when flies are seen more often.
A spokesperson for the University of Missouri School of Medicine declined to comment further.
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