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Small bowel perforation caused by a sharp bone: laparoscopic diagnosis and treatment.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Min-Shen General Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan, Republic of China.


Small bowel perforation caused by sharp or pointed foreign bodies rarely is diagnosed preoperatively because clinical symptoms usually are nonspecific and can mimic other surgical conditions such as appendicitis and cecal diverticulitis. We report the case of a 57-year-old man who underwent diagnostic laparoscopy for abdominal pain of unknown etiology. Swelling and erythema were noted in a segment of small bowel in the right lower abdomen. A tiny sharp-pointed object was found penetrating the inflamed portion of the bowel. This foreign body was removed and the perforation immediately repaired under laparoscopic guidance. The postoperative course was uneventful. We believe that in cases of lower abdominal pain with peritoneal irritation, laparoscopy can provide not only a wide field of examination to localize intraabdominal pathology, but in some instances it can aid in case management.

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