Foreign Body, Rectum (cont.)
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Foreign Body in Rectum Medical Treatment
In some cases, the foreign object is close enough to the anus that it can be removed in the emergency department. There are a variety of ways for health care professionals to accomplish this. One of the big problems with trying to remove rectal foreign bodies is that there is a strong degree of suction between the object and the walls of the rectum.
In all cases, after the foreign body has been removed, the doctor will perform an examination called a flexible sigmoidoscopy. The doctor uses a long, narrow tube (about 16-18 inches long and a little less than an inch wide) to look inside the anus and rectum. This is done in order to be sure that there has not been any damage to the lining of the bowel, either from the initial insertion of the foreign body, or from attempts - both by the person at home and at the hospital - to remove the item.
Martin J Carey, MD, MPH, BCh