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A patient at a hospital in Japan who was undergoing surgery passed gas that caught fire causing serious injuries to her body.

The unnamed woman, in her 30s, was undergoing laser surgery on her cervix at Tokyo's Medical University Hospital in the Japanese city when the gas she expelled ignited the laser.

The resulting fire left the woman with serious burns to large parts of her body, including her waist and legs, Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun reports. Her current condition is unknown.

The incident took place in April, however, details have only just emerged following an investigation into the cause of the fire.

A statement released by a committee of experts read: "When the patient's intestinal gas leaked into the space of the operation (room), it ignited with the irradiation of the laser, and the burning spread eventually reached the surgical drape and caused the fire."

The gas released when one “passes gas” is a combination of carbon dioxide, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and methane, reports the Washington Post. 

Whilst most of the components of flatulence are innocuous, hydrogen and methane render the gas flammable.

 
 
 
 

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