Every so often, doctors encounter a patient with a problem so unusual they decide to publish a case report. Case reports are meant to add to scientific research, or help other doctors who might encounter the same strange symptoms in the future.
But to those who aren't doctors, case reports illuminate the limits and the mysteries of the human body.
LiveScience searched the medical literature to find some of the weirdest medical cases on record. From a man who nearly died of an overdose of a common condiment to a woman who ended up with a toothpick in an unlikely body part, here's a look at 14 cases that may tell you more about the human body than you may want to know.
Editor's Note: This article was first published on July 2, 2013, at 3:45 p.m. ET.