Published: April 2011
An Unusual Digestive Foreign BodyFrossard J.L. · de Peyer R.
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hôpital Cantonal Universitaire de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Jean Louis Frossard, MD
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of GastroenterologyHôpital Cantonal Universitaire de Genève, rue Micheli-du-Crest 24
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Foreign digestive bodies present unusual circumstances because they are associated with various degrees of local trauma and may lead to direct perforation or delayed local injury. Patients with foreign bodies should be evaluated upon admission for signs of impaction and perforation. While all objects impacted in the esophagus require urgent treatment, rectal foreign bodies are usually removable through the anus. The current case illustrates successful endoscopic retrieval of a proximally located foreign body in a particular legal situation where physicians had to work closely with police officers and court members.
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