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Foreign Body, Rectum

Outlook

Most people who receive treatment for an object in their rectum and will not have any long-term complications or problems.

A small number of people will have significant injury. This is seen particularly in cases where the diagnosis is difficult -- in the very young and in psychiatric patients -- or where the person has delayed seeking treatment. Complications may also be present when a violent sexual assault has occurred. In these cases,significant and severe abdominal injury and infection are possible. As a result, they may require a colostomy (where the bowel is brought up to the skin surface and the stool is passed into a bag). Or they may require antibiotics and a long stay in the hospital.

In very rare cases, the injury may be so severe that the person dies of the complications.

Multimedia

Media file 1: A vibrator in the rectum. The battery pack is clearly visible on x-ray, and the outline of a vibrator in the rectum can be seen. It was still vibrating when this person came to the emergency department.

Foreign Body in Rectum Image

Media type:  X-RAY

Synonyms and Keywords

object in rectum, sigmoidoscopy, rectum, rectal foreign object, rectal foreign body, digital examination, proctoscope, anus, foreign body, rectal foreign body removal

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WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on May 05, 2014

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