If this was a lesson worth teaching in 2004, it's a warning worth heeding today:
A 27-year-old lady presented with persistent cough, sputum and fever for the preceding six months. Inspite of trials with antibiotics and anti-tuberculosis treatment for the preceeding four months, her symptoms did not improve. A subsequent chest radiograph showed non-homogeneous collapse-consolidation of right upper lobe. Videobronchoscopy revealed an inverted bag like structure in right upper lobe bronchus and rigid bronchoscopic removal with biopsy forceps confirmed the presence of a condom. Detailed retrospective history also confirmed accidental inhalation of the condom during fellatio.
Six months! She must have thought, "Hey, I started coughing a while after I inhaled that condom. And I never chucked it back up. These antibiotics aren't going to cut it—I should tell my doctor." But no. She waited until the truth was revealed by videobronchoscopy. This strikes me as not unsimilar to the woman who carried a half-gestated calcified baby for three years and just commented that everything was going great except "the baby never came out."
Tip from NaFun.