BACKGROUND Diagnosis and management of accidental or intentional ingestion of foreign bodies is a common problem at in emergency departments. This condition is generally observed in patients with limited consciousness or attention, such as children, elders, or psychiatric patients. Here, we report a case of intestinal perforation caused by ingestion of a foreign body that occurred during the performance of a contrast-enhanced CT scan. CASE REPORT A 73-year-old diabetic woman was admitted to the emergency room of our hospital with postprandial abdominal discomfort, nausea, and vomiting. Under the suspicion of bowel ischemia, the patient underwent a contrast-enhanced CT scan. A thickened ileal loop with an endoluminal bone-density foreign body was detected. The following contrast-enhanced acquisitions additionally showed air bubbles adjacent to the loop, as the sign of an intestinal perforation that occurred between the basal and the contrast-enhanced acquisitions. CONCLUSIONS Caution should be always exercised in patients with suspected gastrointestinal perforation, especially if caused by ingested foreign bodies. A high degree of suspicion and a CT scan may prevent delays in the diagnosis and clinical management of these patients.

Ongoing Computed Tomography Appraisal of Intestinal Perforation Due to an Ingested Foreign Body

Cicero, Giuseppe;Caloggero, Simona;Cavallaro, Marco;Frosina, Luciano;Visalli, Carmela;ASCENTI, VELIO;Blandino, Alfredo;Mazziotti, Silvio
2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND Diagnosis and management of accidental or intentional ingestion of foreign bodies is a common problem at in emergency departments. This condition is generally observed in patients with limited consciousness or attention, such as children, elders, or psychiatric patients. Here, we report a case of intestinal perforation caused by ingestion of a foreign body that occurred during the performance of a contrast-enhanced CT scan. CASE REPORT A 73-year-old diabetic woman was admitted to the emergency room of our hospital with postprandial abdominal discomfort, nausea, and vomiting. Under the suspicion of bowel ischemia, the patient underwent a contrast-enhanced CT scan. A thickened ileal loop with an endoluminal bone-density foreign body was detected. The following contrast-enhanced acquisitions additionally showed air bubbles adjacent to the loop, as the sign of an intestinal perforation that occurred between the basal and the contrast-enhanced acquisitions. CONCLUSIONS Caution should be always exercised in patients with suspected gastrointestinal perforation, especially if caused by ingested foreign bodies. A high degree of suspicion and a CT scan may prevent delays in the diagnosis and clinical management of these patients.
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