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Vol. 5, No. 1, 2011
Issue release date: January – April
Section title: Published: April 2011

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Case Rep Gastroenterol 2011;5:201–205

An Unusual Digestive Foreign Body

Frossard J.L. · de Peyer R.
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hôpital Cantonal Universitaire de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
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Jean Louis Frossard, MD

Department of Internal Medicine, Division of GastroenterologyHôpital Cantonal Universitaire de Genève, rue Micheli-du-Crest 24

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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.

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Abstract of Published: April 2011

Published online: 4/13/2011
Issue release date: January – April

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 2
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eISSN: 1662-0631 (Online)

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