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Foreign Body, Rectum (cont.)

Foreign Body in Rectum Follow-up

Return to the doctor's office or emergency department if the patient develop these complications:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Rectal bleeding

There should be no limitations on general activity, unless the patient was sedated in order to remove the object. If so, the patient should not drive or make critical decisions for 24 hours afterward. Further rectal insertions should be avoided for a few days to allow bruising and swelling to resolve.

Foreign Body in Rectum Prevention

If individuals engage in erotic play, use a vibrator or erotic toy designed for the purpose of insertion into the rectum. These items usually come with a flange to prevent them from slipping into the anus.

Foreign Body in Rectum Prognosis

  • The vast majority of people with a foreign object in their rectum will have more injury to their pride than anything else, and will suffer no long-term complications or problems.
  • A small number of people will have significant injury. This is seen particularly in cases where the diagnosis is difficult - in the very young and psychiatric patients - or where the person has delayed seeking treatment.
  • Complications may also be present when a violent sexual assault has occurred. These people may develop significant and severe abdominal injury and infection. As a result, they may require a colostomy (where the bowel is brought up to the skin surface and the stool is passed into a bag). Or they may require a long stay in the hospital and antibiotics.
  • In very rare cases, the injury may be so severe that the person dies of the complications.

Foreign Body in Rectum Picture

 A vibrator in the rectum. The battery pack is clearly visible on X-ray, and the outline of a vibrator in the rectum can be seen. It was still vibrating when this person came to the emergency department.
A vibrator in the rectum. The battery pack is clearly visible on X-ray, and the outline of a vibrator in the rectum can be seen. It was still vibrating when this person came to the emergency department. Click to view larger image.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCE:

MedscapeReference.com. Rectal Foreign Bodies.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/20/2016
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