A jilted wife swallowed $US7000 ($10,180) in a desperate bid to hide the cash from her husband after she discovered he had cheated on her.

Colombian Sandra Milena Almeida swallowed the rolls of $100 notes in a "fit of rage", according to the surgeons who removed the cash, the Daily Mail reports.

The woman had reportedly hidden the cash, which was saved up for a holiday, in the couple's home.

But, after discovering her partner's infidelity she was going to use it to leave him and gulped down the rolled-up notes whole in a bid to hide them.

The next day Almeida, from Piedecuesta, northeastern Colombia, was rushed to hospital with severe abdominal pains.

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She did not tell doctors about the money, but x-rays showed dozens of 3cm-long objects in her stomach and intestine.

Doctors at the Santander University Hospital in Bucaramanga managed to save $5700 after cleaning and drying the notes in the operating theatre.

Chief surgeon Juan Pablo Serrano said his first they thought was that Almeida was a drugs mule as the objects in the X-ray images were similar to bags of narcotics.

He told Colombia's Radio Caracol: "We took the patient into surgery for two procedures to clear the blockage, on her stomach and intestine.

"The dollar notes were washed and are in good condition, but the rest of the money was lost because of the gastric fluids."