• Small bowel obstruction secondary to migration of a fragment of lithobezoar: a case report.

      Medani, Mekki; Myers, Eddie; Kenny, Bryan; Waldron, David; Department of Surgery & Radiology, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick, Ireland. (2009)
      INTRODUCTION: Small bowel obstruction is a common world-wide condition that has a range of etiological factors. The management is largely dependent on the cause of the obstruction. Small bowel obstruction caused by foreign body ingestion is rare; many items have been reported as responsible, but there are no reports implicating polyurethane foam. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the case of a 44-year-old Irish male who presented following ingestion of polyurethane foam. He was asymptomatic on presentation but developed a small bowel obstruction shortly thereafter. CONCLUSION: Patients presenting following ingestion of polyurethane foam should be scheduled for elective laparotomy, gastrotomy, and retrieval of the cast on the next available theatre list - given that they are suitable for surgery.