Rectal foreign body - sports drink bottle

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard



Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Male

Abdominal x-rays

There is a large foreign body projected over the abdomen presumably within the rectum and distal large bowel measuring 3.1 x 9.6 centimeters in maximal dimensions. It has the appearance of a bottle.

Unremarkable bowel gas pattern, with gas projecting to the level of the anal verge. No evidence of dilated loops of bowel or multiple air fluid levels to suggest presence of bowel obstruction. No definite pneumoperitoneum seen.

Case Discussion

It is good to see that this chap was safety concious and chose a plastic bottle (note how thin the wall is) and left the cap on. Also, although unlikely to make a huge dint in the worlds use of plastic, this is one way to recycle. 

Case courtesy of Dr Kara O'Donnell

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Case information

rID: 16040
Published: 8th Dec 2011
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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