Ghost Pepper Puree Hamburger Hospitalizes Man With Esophageal Tearing

The next time you think about eating a ghost pepper, stop and consider this.

A case report in The Journal of Emergency Medicine describes a patient who spent 23 days in the hospital with tears in his esophagus after he consumed a hamburger topped with ghost pepper puree as part of a contest.

The 47-year-old man began “violently retching and vomiting” after eating the burger, despite washing it down with six large glasses of water, according to the September report.

The man...

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