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Toothpick impaction with sigmoid colon pseudodiverticulum formation successfully treated with colonoscopy

Author(s): Youn Son Chung, Yong Woo Chung, Sun You Moon, Su Mi Yoon, Min-Jeong Kim, Kyoung Oh Kim, Cheol Hee Park, Taeho Hahn, Kyo-Sang Yoo, Sang Hoon Park, Jong Hyeok Kim, Choong Kee Park

Journal: World Journal of Gastroenterology
ISSN 1007-9327

Volume: 14;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 948;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Toothpick | Colon | Colonoscopy | Pseudo-diverticulum

Foreign bodies in the colon are encountered with increasing frequency, but only sporadic reports concerning their management have appeared in the literature. While most ingested foreign bodies usually pass through the gastrointestinal tract uneventfully, sharp foreign bodies such as toothpicks infrequently cause intestinal perforation and may even result in death. We report our experience with a patient with a sigmoid colon pseudodiverticulum formation, a complication of accidental ingestion of a toothpick that was diagnosed and successfully managed colonoscopically.
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