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  • 2013-05-13

Laparoscopic management of small bowel perforation induced by foreign body

Epublication WebSurg.com, May 2013;13(05). URL:
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Ingested foreign bodies are a common cause for emergency hospital admission. A precise interview of the patient often allows to establish the diagnosis. In 90% of cases, the foreign body is spontaneously eliminated without inducing any particular symptoms. In less than 10% of cases, it requires non-surgical extraction maneuvers (enemas, endoscopy). Only 1% of cases are treated surgically. Modern imaging frequently allows to establish a precise topographic diagnosis based on aspect, size and density. Coupled with laparoscopic surgery, it allows for an early, targeted and minimally invasive management. In this video, we show the case of a patient presenting with typical signs of peritonitis along with the incidental discovery of an intraluminal foreign body in the small bowel which brought about a micro-perforation.