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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 495-497
Rigid 12 inches long impacted foreign body in upper gastro-intestinal-tract

Department of Radiodiagnosis & Imaging, Gandhi Medical College & Associated Hamidia Hospital, Bhopal, India

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V K Pandya
Department of Radiodiagnosis & Imaging, Gandhi Medical College & Associated Hamidia Hospital. Bhopal
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.32254

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We describe a case of 12 inches long rigid, radiolucent foreign body in a 17 year old female accidentally ingested and impacted in upper G.I. Tract. Patient was haemodynamically stable, walking-talking with presenting complaints of dysphgia and nausea. Though Radio-opaque foreign bodies are easily evident on plain radiographs but Radiolucency and midline location (overlapped by thoracic vertebral shadow) made it a difficult task to map this unusual foreign body on plain skiagram. Barium study revealed a straight, 12 inches long foreign body from mid esophagus to greater curvature of stomach with evidence of erosion at the terminal ends. Laparotomy revealed the presence of 12 inches long rigid foreign body DATUN (Neem stick -a ayurvedic remedy used for oral hygiene-cleaning and brushing teeth) impending to rupture the viscera at both ends.

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