Review article| Volume 82, ISSUE 6, P1253-1260, December 2002

Anal trauma and foreign bodies

  • Michael D. Hellinger
    University of Miami/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1475 NW 12th Avenue, Room 3550 (310-T), Miami, FL 33136
    Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33136, USA
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      Anorectal foreign bodies can either be ingested orally or inserted anally. Although the vast majority are inserted for autoerotic purposes, they may have been placed iatrogenically, or as a result of assault or trauma. Ingested objects are rarely a cause of entrapped foreign bodies. Most often these are bones that become impaled in the anal canal. Iatrogenic foreign bodies include thermometers, enema tips, and catheters. Objects placed as a result of assault, trauma, or eroticism represent a diverse collection, including sex toys; tools and instruments; bottles, cans, and jars; poles; pipes and tubing; fruits and vegetables; stones; balls; balloons; umbrellas; light bulbs; and flashlights.
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