Tubular pasta in stomach

Case contributed by Dr Juan Manuel Villegas


Diffuse subacute abdominal pain in lower abdomen.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Female

Multiple uniform tubular structures in stomach containing fluid with hiperdense borders.

Case Discussion

The appearance was odd for any foreign body, so the woman was carefully interrogated about her last meal, which was before the study and it consisted in a plate of "penne", a tubular shape pasta as an incidental finding.

This finding may mimic among others: pills ingestion, wrapped contraband, or any wood material ingestion.

The real cause of the abdominal pain remains uncertain.

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Case information

rID: 81420
Published: 28th Aug 2020
Last edited: 29th Aug 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded
Institution: Hospital Naval Cirujano Dr. Pedro Mallo

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