The doctors removed the plastic ketchup wrappers and the symptoms dissipated almost immediately. She’s remained in good condition since the surgery.
The woman said she had no memory of eating the sachet of sauce nor a meal where she may have mistakenly done so.
“It is important to consider alternatives surgical diagnoses in patients with presumed Crohn’s disease unresponsive to standard treatment,” the report noted, citing a similar case involving a 35-year-old man who believed he had Crohn’s disease until surgery revealed his symptoms were caused by a toothpick.
Still, doctor’s said the case marks the first time “synthetic plastic packaging” mimicked symptoms of the life-altering disease.