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Fournier Gangrene from a Thirty-Two-Centimeter Rectosigmoid Foreign Body.
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PMID:  23200766     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Medical and surgical problems associated with rectal foreign bodies are rare. Although most rectal foreign bodies can be removed without subsequent sequelae, they pose significant risk of infection. OBJECTIVES: We report a patient with a 32-cm rectosigmoid foreign body and subsequent development of Fournier gangrene despite successful removal of the foreign body. CASE REPORT: A 63-year-old Caucasian man with past medical history of diabetes mellitus and depression presented with a chief complaint of "something stuck in my intestine." He admitted that he placed a foreign body in the rectum. Abdominal X-ray study and computed tomography of the abdomen/pelvis showed a conical-shaped 32-cm rectosigmoid foreign body. The foreign body was removed manually and follow-up colonoscopy was done. The patient's condition deteriorated in the first 2 days of hospital stay and he was diagnosed with Fournier gangrene. He required multiple surgeries and received broad-spectrum antibiotic coverage for mixed bacterial flora grown from deep tissue. CONCLUSION: Rectal foreign bodies can cause Fournier gangrene. A close observation and follow-up is important after removal of rectal foreign bodies.
Getahun Abate; Mazumder Shirin; Vivek Kandanati
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-12-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Published by Elsevier Inc.
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.
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