Foreign Body In The Rectum

Image of deodorant bottle seen on erect abdominal radiograph

A 40-year-old male patient presented to the emergency with complaints of abdominal discomfort after he inserted a deodorant container into his rectum for sexual satisfaction.

A 40-year-old male patient presented to the emergency with complaints of abdominal pain and a 4 hours history of constipation. The patient’s medical history showed that he would occasionally insert foreign objects into his rectum for sexual satisfaction. He had been doing this for nearly a year.

His medical history did not reveal any chronic illnesses, drug use or substance abuse. The patient revealed that this time around he inserted a deodorant container in his rectum and was unable to remove it.

On physical examination, the lower quadrants of the abdomen were bilaterally tender. CBC and all other laboratory test results were normal. A solid object was palpated during digital rectal examination. There were no signs of air-fluid levels or intra-abdominal air. The patient was advised an erect view abdominal radiograph. Imaging showed an intrapelvic deodorant container. The digital rectal examination was repeated under general anaesthesia but the foreign object could not be retrieved.

The patient was sent to the operating room, the canal was dilated under general anaesthesia and the object was manually removed. The patient had an uneventful postoperative period. He was discharged with a psychiatric follow-up recommendation.


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Dr. Aiman Shahab is a dentist with a bachelor’s degree from Dow University of Health Sciences. She is an experienced freelance writer with a demonstrated history of working in the health industry. Skilled in general dentistry, she is currently working as an associate dentist at a private dental clinic in Karachi, freelance content writer and as a part time science instructor with Little Medical School. She has also been an ambassador for PDC in the past from the year 2016 – 2018, and her responsibilities included acting as a representative and volunteer for PDC with an intention to make the dental community of Pakistan more connected and to work for benefiting the underprivileged. When she’s not working, you’ll either find her reading or aimlessly walking around for the sake of exploring. Her future plans include getting a master’s degree in maxillofacial and oral surgery, settled in a metropolitan city of North America.


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