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J Family Community Med. 2019 Jan-Apr;26(1):64-66. doi: 10.4103/jfcm.JFCM_77_18.

Accidental ingestion of hairpin in an adolescent girl.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Ingestion of headscarf pin is a particular type of foreign body ingestion sometimes experienced by adolescent girls and even older women while putting on their headscarf. We report on a 13-year-old girl who presented at the emergency unit at our hospital within 48 hr after accidentally swallowing a headscarf pin. The pin was successfully retrieved from the ascending colon through colonoscopy. Headscarf pin ingestion is a serious problem among women who wear headscarves for various reasons. However, the retrieval of such pins from the colon through colonoscopy has been infrequently reported.


Bleeding; endoscopy; headscarf; perforation; rat-tooth

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