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Perforation of the cecum by a toothpick. Case report and review of the literature.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Langenbecks Archiv für Chirurgie
Publication Date
Volume
379
Issue
4
Pages
229–232
Identifiers
PMID: 7934581
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Perforation of the colon can have any number of causes. Most often, it is the result of carcinoma or diverticulitis; specific inflammatory disease of the large intestine is a less common cause. Other possibilities are iatrogenic perforation, perforation as a result of blunt or penetrating abdominal trauma, and ingestion of a foreign body. A case of perforation of the cecum by a toothpick 3 weeks after consumption of a beef olive is reported; possible diagnostic problems, other conditions that need to be considered in the differential diagnosis and treatment are discussed.

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