An Unusual Case of Foreign Body in the Anterior Abdominal Wall

kim Weng Chan


Accidental or intentional ingestion of sharp metallic foreign bodies is a common clinical occurrence. Predisposing factors include excessive alcohol intake, mental impairment and psychiatric illnesses. Usually, the detection of a migratory foreign body is incidental when patients present with unrelated symptoms. A 50-year-old woman attended the surgical outpatient clinic with a foreign body in the anterior abdominal wall. A foreign body was easily palpable on the right upper quadrant of abdomen. Patient was admitted electively and taken to theatre for removal of foreign body under general anaesthesia. Patient made an uneventful recovery and was discharged with no further follow-up.




Foreign body; Abdomen; Ingestion; Perforation

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