Rectal Foreign Bodies

Ihe medical literature is replete with the variety of foreign bodies that have been reported to have been inserted into the rectum. Most foreign bodies are in the rectal ampulla and therefore palpable through digital examination and detectable on proctoscopic examination. Any patient presenting with an intrarectal foreign body must have x-rays of the abdomen taken to demonstrate not only the position, shapes, and number of foreign bodies but also the possible presence of free air. Perforation of the rectum or colon is the most frequent and most serious complication. Perforation may be either extraperitoneal or intraperitoneal; both can result in life-threatening sepsis.

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