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Incidental finding of small bowel perforation by a foreign body
Tanveer Amin1, Ghali Midhat1, Jayasuriya Neil1
1General Surgical Department, Latrobe Regional Health Services, Traralgon, Victoria, Australia.

Article ID: 100027CRINTTA2016
doi:10.5348/crint-2016-27-CS-8

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General Surgical Department
Latrobe Regional Health Services
Traralgon, Victoria
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Amin T, Midhat G, Neil J. Incidental finding of small bowel perforation by a foreign body. Case Rep Int 2016;5:31–35.


Abstract
Introduction: Generally in adults, most foreign body ingestion occurs accidentally, but may be as a result of contributory factors such as psychiatric disorders, mental retardation, alcohol consumption, and an edentulous state. The ingested foreign bodies usually pass uneventfully through the gastrointestinal tract within one week. Perforation occurs in less than 1% of all patients. Patients may present with vague abdominal pain with no known history of foreign body ingestion.
Case Series: Herein, we report two cases of bowel perforations by ingesting foreign body who did not recall the ingestion that required surgical intervention.
Conclusion: Clinicians should suspect such condition in the presence of some predisposing factors, and a surgical consultation is necessary.

Keywords: Abdominal pain, Bowel perforation, Ingestion of foreign body (IFB)


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Author Contributions:
Tanveer Amin – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Ghali Midhat – Analysis and interpretation of data, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Jayasuriya Neil – Analysis and interpretation of data, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
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