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Foreign Body Ingestion Causing Recurrent Diverticulitis

Challenging differential diagnosis, Unusual or unexpected effect of treatment, Diagnostic / therapeutic accidents

Gregory N. Nicolas, Richard Assaker, Christian Saliba, Dani R. Osman, Elliott Koury, Maguy Abdellah Farhat, Riad R. Azar, George Khoury

(Department of Surgery, Lebanese American University Medical Center – Rizk Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon)

Am J Case Rep 2017; 18:1123-1125

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.904693

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Published: 2017-10-20

BACKGROUND: Ingested foreign bodies (IFBs) are usually asymptomatic and are excreted uneventfully. IFBs become a major concern in elderly patients due to the increase number of diverticuloses where the foreign body can lodge and cause severe complications.
CASE REPORT: We report a case of an elderly patient who ingested a chicken bone that caused recurrent diverticulitis.
CONCLUSIONS: The diagnosis of complicated IFB cases is challenging, requires physician clinical expertise, and must be considered in individuals at risk.

Keywords: Colonoscopes, Foreign Bodies, Sigmoid Diseases