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Foreign Body in Rectum

Foreign Body in Rectum Overview

The rectum is that part of the bowel immediately inside the anus. Any object may be inserted or present in the rectum or anus. It should be removed to prevent serious complications.

Foreign Body in Rectum Causes

Foreign objects found in the rectum and anus seem to be limited only by the human imagination.

The majority of objects have been introduced through the anus. But sometimes a foreign body may be swallowed, pass through the digestive tract, and eventually get stuck in the rectum.

Common examples of foreign objects in the rectum include:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bottles
  • Candles
  • Objects designed to be placed in the anus (such as vibrators or dildos)

Foreign objects in the rectum also may be found in the following circumstances:

  • In children
  • In psychiatric patients
  • In victims of assault
  • As a result of injury caused by medical professionals (examples would be a broken rectal thermometer and broken enema catheter tips)
  • As a result of an object used for sexual gratification
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2014
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