One santol seed is enough to perforate your intestine and make you spend about P400,000 in a private hospital treatment!

One santol seed is enough to perforate your intestine and make you spend about P400,000.00 in a private hospital treatment!

Yesterday, August 25, 2012, I was told by a surgeon-colleague (GC) that he recently had a 54-year-old male patient whom he operated on for perforation of a sigmoid diverticulum secondary to a single santol seed.  The patient swallowed one santol seed a day prior to the operation.  He developed abdominal pain several hours thereafter.  He underwent a CT scan of the abdomen prior to the operation.  After the operation, he ended up with a colostomy.  He is currently in the intensive care unit.

Illustration showing how the single swallowed santol seed perforated the large intestine which had diverticula.

The fruit-culprit!

Yummy pulp of the seed but the seed is deadly when swallowed!

One santol seed is sufficient to perforate the intestine!  Note the sharp end in the seed!

A high chance that a colostomy will be done during the operation.  If the patient survives the crisis, this colostomy can be reposed after 6 to 8 weeks.

The colostomy pouches are not cheap!

In a private hospital treatment setting, my rough calculation for the entire expenses, from the initial operation, intensive care, medicines, colostomy pouches for 2 months, to the second operation to repose the colostomy, is about P400,000.00!

Again, TAKE HEED!!!

DO NOT SWALLOW SANTOL SEED!!! 

SWALLOWING EVEN ONE SANTOL SEED  IS NOT WORTH RISKING A LIFE, THE PAIN, THE DISCOMFORT, AND THE EXPENSES!!!!!!

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