Foreign objects in the rectum are usually objects that have been inserted into the rectum but also may have been swallowed. The rectum is the section of the digestive tract above the anus where stool is held before it passes out of the body through the anus. The anus is the opening at the end of the digestive tract where stool leaves the body. See also Overview of the Anus and Rectum. Swallowed objects, such as toothpicks, chicken bones, or fish bones, may become stuck at the junction between the anus and rectum called the anorectal junction.
Insertion of Foreign Bodies (polyembolokoilamania): Underpinnings and Management Strategies
Foreign Object in the Rectum (Removed) (Adult)
Metrics details. Entrapped anorectal foreign bodies are being encountered more frequently in clinical practice. Although entrapped foreign bodies are most often related to sexual behavior, they can also result from ingestion or sexual assault. Between and , 15 patients with foreign bodies in the rectum were diagnosed and treated, at Izmir Training and Research Hospital, in Izmir. Information regarding the foreign body, clinical presentation, treatment strategies, and outcomes were documented.
Rectal foreign bodies are not uncommon in emergency departments around the world and potentially cause management difficulties. The incidence varies according to the region, said to be uncommon in Asia and most common in Eastern Europe 1. Typically patients are male with a wide range of age. The vast majority of such objects are inserted via the anus and are the result of sexual misadventure.
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