Small bowel obstruction secondary to migration of a fragment of lithobezoar: a case report.
AffiliationDepartment of Surgery & Radiology, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick, Ireland.
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CitationSmall bowel obstruction secondary to migration of a fragment of lithobezoar: a case report. 2009, 2:9155notCases J
AbstractINTRODUCTION: 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.
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