A 32-year-old man presented with progressive abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting after swallowing a packet of dollar bills, his entire money savings, during his journey to Europe as a refugee. Subsequent imaging confirmed the presence of a foreign body in his stomach, which required surgical intervention to be removed. This is one of many cases that illustrate the hopeless circumstances people in the Middle-Eastern warzone are currently facing.
- Global Health
- Medical consequences of conflict
- Migration and health
- Gastrointestinal surgery
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Contributors Conception and design: MC, RH and MB. Acquisition of data: RH and MB. Interpretation of data: MC, RH and MB. Drafting the manuscript: MC and RH. Revision of the manuscript: RH and MB. Approval of the final version of the manuscript: MC, RH and MB.
Competing interests None declared.
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