Ghost pepper challenge leaves man with hole in esophagus

Ghost pepper challenge leaves man with hole in esophagus

Humans' competitive nature sometimes leaves some with dangerous or deadly consequences. Demonstrating the same fact, a 47-year-old man recently showed up at a San Francisco emergency room.

The man attempting a ghost pepper challenge was left him with a hole in his esophagus. Doctors said the injury could have even killed him, but he was luckily to receive treatment in time.

Ghost peppers, which are also known as Bhut Jolokia, have a top ranking on the list of the hottest and most-painful chilies to consume. The Scoville scale measures the "heat" produced by such chilies.

The man slipped into the trouble after he ate a hamburger loaded with onions and ghost peppers at a local restaurant as part of an eating contest. Six glasses of cold water failed to ease his pain. Even a medically administered "gastrointestinal" cocktail could not ease his symptoms that included heart rate of 106 beats per minute.

A surgery was conducted to put a tube into his chest. During the surgery, they detected an esophagal tear that was around an inch long. He required three chest tubes along with a gastric tube before he started to recover.

Health experts warned that the patient's issue, called Boerhaave syndrome, leaves 20-40 per cent of the patients dead, even with treatment. Without treatment, the mortality rate reaches as high as 100 per cent.