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Case Rep Gastroenterol. 2011 Apr 13;5(1):201-5. doi: 10.1159/000326925.

An unusual digestive foreign body.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hôpital Cantonal Universitaire de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland.


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.


Endoscopy; Foreign body; Forensics

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