Rectal foreign body - aerosol can

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


"I'm sorry sir but I don't care where it is, you can't take it with you onto the aircraft."

Patient Data:

Age: Adult
Gender: Male

Pelvic x-rays

Modality: X-ray

Images obtained on the emergency department trolley. 

Supine AP and lateral view of the lower abdomen demonstrates an aerosol can located presumably within the rectosigmoid. A loop of large bowel is also seen in the left inguinal region, consistent with an inguinal hernia. Given the lateral location of the presumed neck and extension of the bowel into the scrotum, this most likely represents an indirect hernia. 

Case Discussion:

Aerosol cans are a relatively common improvised rectal foreign body. Why this is the case, is a very good question. 

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