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Rectal foreign body

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard


"Doctor, you won't believe this, but...."

Patient Data

Age: 30
Gender: Male


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 feces is seen in the remainder of the colon to the proximal large bowel. No evidence of bowel obstruction. No definite evidence of pneumoperitoneum on these supine films.

Case Discussion

This case illustrates the benefits of orthogonal views... after all without the lateral view, this could be anywhere... right?

Case courtesy of Dr P. Phal.

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Case information

rID: 17127
Published: 19th Mar 2012
Last edited: 27th Oct 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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