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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

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicineHealth

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