When Radiologists Plays Detective: Uncovering surgical foreign body in the Abdomen

Authors

  • De Chiara Marco Department of Precision Medicine, University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, Italy, Department of Radiology, Medical-Surgical Hospital “Villa dei Fiori”, Italy
  • Grimaldi Dario General and Emergency Radiology Department, "Antonio Cardarelli" Hospital, Italy
  • Cristiano Maria Rita Department of Precision Medicine, University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, Italy
  • Grassi Francesca Department of Precision Medicine, University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, Italy
  • Giordano Nicoletta Department of Precision Medicine, University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, Italy
  • Parrella Pasquale Department of Precision Medicine, University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, Italy
  • Reginelli Alfonso Department of Precision Medicine, University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, Italy
  • Belfiore Maria Paola Department of Precision Medicine, University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, Italy

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3941/jrcr.v18i3.5288

Abstract

Despite careful adherence to precautionary protocols, abdominal foreign bodies may still be discovered after surgery on occasion, posing significant risks for both the patient and the surgical team. While symptoms may occasionally manifest rapidly, more commonly, they tend to be chronic and lack alternative explanations. In the presented case, a patient was identified with a metallic foreign body years following abdominal surgery. Foreign bodies typically necessitate surgical intervention, prioritizing preventive measures during surgical procedures to actively minimize the occurrence of such incidents.

Plain X-ray of the abdomen in orthostatic PA (1.a) and LL (1.b) view demonstrates a metallic foreign body in left flanck/left iliac fossa

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Published

2024-03-31

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Gastrointestinal Radiology