Bay Area Man Suffers 1-Inch Rupture in Esophagus After Eating Ghost Peppers

A 47-year-old man learned why eating a ghost pepper can be a frightful experience.

The searing ordeal occurred several months ago, but it was so terrifyingly rare that a group of Bay Area physicians wrote about it recently in the Journal of Emergency Medicine. (Just in time for Halloween.)

The man had gobbled a hamburger laden with ghost peppers during a contest at San Francisco restaurant. After ingesting the peppers, the unidentified man was driven into a violent fit of vomiting and retching.

He was taken to an emergency room at UCSF Medical Center, intubated and sent to an operating table, where doctors discovered that he had a 1-inch rupture in his esophagus.

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