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Sunday, 19 October 2008

Foreign Body Removal, Rectum

Anorectal foreign bodies are usually inserted transanally for sexual or medicinal purposes. Rectal foreign bodies may also be observed with body packing or stuffing or after prior oral ingestion of the object. Anorectal foreign bodies are more common in men than in women.

Rectal foreign bodies may include such objects as bottles, vibrators, fruit, vegetables, and balls. Cylindrical objects are common. In addition, thermometers may accidentally break while a rectal temperature is being obtained.

Be aware that patients have usually made multiple attempts to remove the object prior to presentation in the emergency department. Patients may create unusual stories to explain how the object became lodged in the rectum.

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