Abdominal foreign body: nail

Case contributed by Dr Christoph Berliner

Presentation

Whilst cleaning his interdental space 2 days ago and walking down a common stair the patient accidently swallowed the used nail. No symptoms of abdominal pain.

Patient Data

Age: 29
Gender: Male
X-ray

Passage of an abdominal foreign body (nail) via naturale.

Case Discussion

Accidental swallowed foreign bodies are a quite common finding in x-rays. The anamnestic reports cover a broad misuse of everyday objects like in this case a nail for tooth cleaning.

Luckily even sharp objects passing the esophagus do not tend to perforate the bowel so that besides object extraction there is the option of natural passage.

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Case information

rID: 41615
Case created: 10th Dec 2015
Last edited: 10th Apr 2017
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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