Removal of a Large Spherical Foreign Object from the Rectum Using an Obstetric Vacuum Device: A Case Report

Feigelson, Suzanne; Maun, Dipen; Silverberg, Daniel; Menes, Tehillah
March 2007
American Surgeon;Mar2007, Vol. 73 Issue 3, p304
Academic Journal
Reports of retained rectal foreign bodies are increasingly common worldwide. It is likely that any surgeon practicing at a major medical center will encounter this type of case, and thus, should be familiar with both surgical and nonsurgical management options. The diagnosis is usually easy to confirm with a thorough history and physical exam and plain abdominal films. Low-lying objects can usually be extracted in the emergency room transanally, whereas high-lying foreign bodies may require anesthesia and laparotomy. We report an experience using an obstetric vacuum device to extract a high-lying foreign body from the rectum.


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