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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 111-113

Anorectal impaction of fish hook following ingestion in a mentally unstable adult

1 Department of Surgery, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, Nigeria
2 Department of Radiology, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
3 Department of Surgery, Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

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Paingha J Alagoa
Department of Surgery, Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Bayelsa State
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-9596.143090

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Ingestion of foreign body (FB) is known to occur in both children and adults. In adults, it is mainly accidental, although it may be intentional in the mentally unstable. Various objects have been swallowed by such individuals. We recently managed a 28-year-old schizophrenic who presented to us with an impacted fish hook in the rectum which he had swallowed. The fish hook which was protruding was removed under local anesthesia. This case highlights the fact that all sorts of bizarre objects may be ingested by the mentally unstable. Careful examination and investigation is usually followed by successful outcome of treatment

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