Rectal foreign bodies: A case report and review of the literature.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

INTRODUCTION: Rectal foreign bodies (RFB) present the modern surgeon with a difficult management dilemma, as the type of object, host anatomy, time from insertion, associated injuries and amount of local contamination may vary widely. Reluctance to seek medical help and to provide details about the incident often makes diagnosis difficult. Management of these patients may be challenging, as presentation is usually delayed after multiple attempts at removal by the patients themselves have proven unsuccessful. PRESENTATION OF CASE: In this article we report the case of a male who presented with a large ovoid rectal object wedged into his pelvis. As we were unable to extract the object with routine transanal and laparotomy approach, we performed a pubic symphysiotomy that helped widen the pelvic inlet and allow transanal extraction. DISCUSSION: We review currently available literature on RFB and propose an evaluation and management algorithm of patients that present with RFB. CONCLUSION: Management of patients with rectal foreign bodies can be challenging and a systematic approach should be employed. The majority of cases can be successfully managed conservatively, but occasional surgical intervention is warranted. If large objects, tightly wedged in the pelvis cannot be removed with laparotomy, pubic symphysiotomy should be considered.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kasotakis, G; Roediger, L; Mittal, S

Published Date

  • 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 111 - 115

PubMed ID

  • 22288061

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3267241

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2210-2612

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ijscr.2011.11.007


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands