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An unusual presentation of toothpick penetration of colon

Author(s): Wani Imtiaz | Wani Shamima | Mir Shabir | Parra Khursheed

Journal: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock
ISSN 0974-2700

Volume: 3;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 401;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Dementia | toothpick | old age

This case report presents the delayed unusual presentation of plastic toothpick penetrating transverse colon 3 months after ingestion with localized peritonitis. Role of omentum "policeman of abdomen" for salvage is highlighted. Careful observation and long-term lookup for any neglected ingested foreign body are stressed. The delayed presentation can be sometimes proving as a surgical emergency.
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