Literally a pain in the butt: Sleeping man ingests toothpick

An elderly man sought medical help after two months of niggling buttock and thigh pain

A patient learnt the hard way not to nap with a toothpick in his mouth when he developed a rare case of sacral plexopathy after inadvertently swallowing the stick.

Non-contrasted CT of the lumbar spine and pelvic region one month after the first visit. Photo: BMJ

The tip of the errant toothpick eventually penetrated the man’s rectum and pressed on the sacral nerves, report doctors from