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    US immigration cavity search ends in agony

    Official pulled 'very hard'

    By Chris Williams
    Published Monday 5th February 2007 15:21 GMT

    US immigration officials insisted the sufferer of an anal infection remove a small piece of medical thread which was being used by doctors to treat the condition. The man required treatment under general anaesthetic as a result.

    The man had an anal fistula, which is a painful channel that can develop deep into the anus, caused by infection or digestive conditions such as Crohn's disease. More details, if absolutely necessary, from NHS Direct

    Arriving on holiday in New York in August last year, the unnamed 48-year-old was interrogated and searched by immigration officers, according to a letter appearing in medical journal The Lancet. The rectal examination discovered a device called a seton, which doctors in the UK had inserted into the fistula to help control long-term infection.

    The seton was made of a blue braided medical suture material knotted and passed into the hole where the fistula surfaced. After one baffled immigration officer pulled "very hard" on the seton, the patient was given the choice by the baffled immigration officers of either getting on the next plane home, or submitting himself to a procedure to have it removed.
    Happily, as The Lancet's correspondent notes, the curious immigration officer yanking the seton did not damage "the anal sphincter muscles encircled by it".

    The seton was duly removed by an airport doctor, who claimed to have no idea what it was. The man now requires treatment under general anaesthetic to have a replacement inserted.

    The letter writer concludes by advising seton patients to carry a letter from their doctor when travelling "to the USA or any other country where they are likely to be searched in this manner".
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    Good grief. Talk about overkill.

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    Why does this piss me off to the point where I can feel the steam coming outta my ears?

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    That poor, poor man. As if having an anal fistula wasn't enough fun, here's some dumbass trying to pull it out.
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    Why did they search him in the first place? Poor guy.

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    poor guy
    Last edited by latinaforever; February 6th, 2007 at 12:05 AM.
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    Gross

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    Fucking IGNORANT incompetent bastards!

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    US immigration officials are now at the top of my list of morons that need to be eliminated from the face of the earth.
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    note to self: stay away from airports ALWAYS
    (i am indian and easily/often mistaken for being middle eastern/muslim..you guys i think i'd rather DIE than go through a cavity search lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    US immigration officials are now at the top of my list of morons that need to be eliminated from the face of the earth.
    Agreed. This article goes well with the other article about international tourism rates falling in the USA.

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    Those immigration officials are psycho. He probably just didn't like the way the guy looked or something. My FIL got the pull aside by a very young agent when flying back from Phoenix, because she said she didn't like the way his passport looked. Cue the full search! He's a 72 year old man - he must be a terrorist!

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    this should be titled and you thought you were having a bad day. That poor man good lord.

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