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Rectal Foreign Body Removal in the Emergency Department: A Case Report

  • Author(s): Nesemann, Samuel
  • Hubbard, Kimberly A.
  • Siddiqui, Mehdi I.
  • Fernandez, William G.
  • et al.
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Introduction: Rectal foreign bodies (RFB) pose a challenge to emergency physicians. Patients are not often forthcoming, which can lead to delays to intervention. Thus, RFBs require a heightened clinical suspicion. In the emergency department (ED), extraction may require creative methods to prevent need for surgical intervention.

Case Report: The authors present a case of a successful extraction of a RFB in the ED and review of the literature.

Conclusion: Retained RFBs are an unusually problematic reason for an ED visit. Thus, it is important for emergency physicians to be comfortable managing such cases appropriately.

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