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Yoo Li Lim 1 Article
Successful removal of a foreign body by endoscopic balloon dilatation at the colonic stricture.
Chang Jo Im, Ji Hoon Na, Hyun Sik Kim, Sung Sam Ha, Yoo Li Lim, Ji Hyeon Lee, Hee Kyoung Choi, Hee Man Kim
Yeungnam Univ J Med. 2016;33(1):29-32.   Published online June 30, 2016
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12701/yujm.2016.33.1.29
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Most ingested foreign bodies pass readily throughout intestinal tract if they reach the stomach. In some cases, foreign bodies may be impacted behind a luminal constriction but are rare in colon. Here, we report the case of a 59-year-old man who did laparoscopic anterior resection due to sigmoid colon cancer 2 years ago and ischemic colitis was repeated on the anastomosis site. He initially presented with symptoms of abdominal pain 3 months before and melena 1 day before admission. Abdomen computerized tomography showed a 3.2 cm segment of luminal narrowing of the proximal colon involving upstream foreign material stasis. Sigmoidoscopic approaches revealed near complete obstruction on the anal verge of 20 cm and scope passing failed. Balloon dilatations were done on the obstruction site four times all and a foreign body impacted above the obstruction site was removed by an alligator without any complications. The foreign body removed looks like plastic or a shell, about 20 mm in size.

JYMS : Journal of Yeungnam Medical Science