Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons                           
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29--30

Ingested metallic foreign body lodged in the appendix

RR Sarkar, J Bisht, SK Sinha Roy 
 Department of Pediatric Surgery, Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research and Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital, Kolkata, India

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An 8-year-old child ingested a metallic screw 3 months prior to admission. At laparotomy, the foreign body was found to be lodged inside the vermiform appendix, and was removed by appendicectomy.

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Sarkar R R, Bisht J, Sinha Roy S K. Ingested metallic foreign body lodged in the appendix.J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2011;16:29-30

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Appendicitis due to foreign bodies is very rare. [1],[2],[3],[4] Stones, bullets, air gun pellets, pins, etc. have been described in the appendix. We present an 8-year-old boy who was found to have a metallic screw within the appendix.

 Case Report

An 8-year-old boy presented with a history of ingestion of a metallic screw about 3 months back, and otherwise asymptomatic. The physical examination and the laboratory investigations were within normal limits. Plain radiographs [Figure 1] of the abdomen showed a metallic screw in the right lower quadrant. At laparotomy, the screw was located inside the appendix. An appendicectomy was performed. The appendicular lumen was opened with a scalpel, and the screw was seen to be lodged inside it. The postoperative period was uneventful. {Figure 1}


To the best of our knowledge, this is the third case of metallic screw as a foreign body lodged inside the appendix in a child. [5],[6] Needles, [1],[2] shotgun pellets, [4] bird shots, [7] hazelnut, [8] canine hair, [9] sand, and stones [10] have been reported to be causes of foreign body appendicitis in children. In a series of 217 cases of appendiceal foreign bodies reviewed by Balch and Silver, [3] pins were found to be the most common. The reported incidence of bowel perforation is less than 1%, especially with sharp, thin, pointed or long objects. [11]


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