I think this is an urban legend. It was the plot of a movie, but I could find not evidence of it ever really happening.
The story may have arisen because there have been many instances of pacemakers exploding during cremation. The extremely high temperature (1500-2000 degrees) is what causes the explosion. Needless to say, these conditions would never be found in a living person.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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