Rectal foreign body

Case contributed by Dr Wayland Wang

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Patient Data

Age: 25
Gender: Male
Modality: X-ray
There is an elongated mechanical foreign object in the rectum and lower sigmoid colon. The sigmoid colon proximal to this is prominent, but is not abnormally dilated. Extensive faeces is seen in the remainder of the colon to the proximal large bowel. No evidence of bowel obstruction. No features of pneumoperitoneum on these supine films.

Case Discussion

Rectal foreign bodies are often the source of much mirth in various hospital departments, however can result in serious complications. Once the case has been shown around the department, one should carefully search for signs of bowel obstruction or perforation.

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Case Information

rID: 50753
Case created: 20th Jan 2017
Last edited: 21st Jan 2017
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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