Abdominal foreign body: razor blade

Case contributed by Dr Balint Botz

Presentation

The patient presented to the ER after accidental ingestion of a razor blade.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

Approximately 6 hours after ingestion

A metallic foreign body is visible in the region corresponding to the jejunum, without signs of perforation. 

X-ray

Control x-ray a day later

The foreign body is located in the right colon.

Case Discussion

The case demonstrates that after eventlessly passing through the oesophagus even very sharp foreign bodies such as razor blades can exit through natural passage without leading to bowel perforation.

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Case information

rID: 57421
Published: 23rd Dec 2017
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: University of Pécs

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