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Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques
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vol. 13
Case report

Endoscopic removal of an impacted wooden toothpick in the wall of the sigmoid colon

Artur Zakościelny, Witold Zgodziński, Grzegorz Wallner, Krzysztof Zinkiewicz

Videosurgery Miniinv 2018; 13 (3): 417–419
Online publish date: 2018/05/21
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Most ingested foreign bodies usually pass through the gastrointestinal tract without any complications. Sharp foreign bodies such as a wooden toothpick may cause severe complications, leading to an acute abdomen. They may also cause mild, non-specific gastrointestinal symptoms without significant findings. We describe a case of a 60-year-old man initially diagnosed with a foreign body impacted into the wall of the rectosigmoid junction upon screening colonoscopy. Incidentally, ingestion of the wooden toothpick 6 months before admission and the presence of recurrent fever and lower abdominal pain were confirmed in the patient’s history. Our video case study demonstrates the successful endoscopic removal of the wooden toothpick impacted into the colon wall.

foreign body, screening colonoscopy, wooden toothpick, sigmoid colon

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