MEDSCAPE – Common, curious, and often challenging, foreign bodies in the GI and GU (gastrointestinal and genitourinary) tracts carry a unique set of presentations, risks, and treatment options.
Typically found objects are vibrators, dildos, light bulbs, candles, shot glasses, and bottles.
Some rectal foreign bodies were swallowed but produce complications only after transiting to the rectum.
Adults who have ingested a foreign body usually present to the ED or clinic soon thereafter.
Patients may be very embarrassed to disclose the circumstances regarding the foreign body insertion and may have made multiple attempts at self-removal.
Unusual problem is common enough to have its own diagnosis code: “ICD-10 diagnosis T18.5 – Foreign body in anus and rectum”
Shown is a vibrator in the rectum along with a pair of salad tongs that became lodged during the patient’s attempts at self-removal.
Most rectal foreign bodies are found in men with an increased incidence in the United
Rectal foreign bodies may be self-inserted by children, psychiatric patients, or
for sexual gratification in adults.
Image courtesy of Medscape/David W Munter, MD, MBA.
“In the early 80s, Philadelphian newscaster Jerry Penacoli suffered career damage after a rumor started that he had visited a local emergency room to have a gerbil removed from his colon.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Apparently some men are in need of a reminder that the same rule applies to ears and anuses: never insert anything other than your elbow, unless prescribed by a doctor.