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Cases Journal

, 2:64

First Online: 19 January 2009Received: 14 November 2008Accepted: 19 January 2009DOI: 10.1186-1757-1626-2-64

Cite this article as: Hoxha, F.T., Hashani, S.I., Komoni, D.S. et al. Cases Journal 2009 2: 64. doi:10.1186-1757-1626-2-64


IntroductionAn ingested foreign body often passes the gastrointestinal tract without any complications. Foreign bodies, such as dentures, fish bones, chicken bones, and toothpicks, have been known to cause perforation of the GI tract.

Case presentationWe are presenting a case of a fifty-year-old male with acute abdomen; diffuse fibro purulent peritonitis, i.e. ileum perforation, caused by accidentally ingesting a chicken wishbone. He was treated surgically with ileum resection, and temporary ileostomy. After four months, intestinal continuity was established in the second operation.

ConclusionIntestinal perforation by a chicken bone is rare and affects the left colon or distal ileum. The lack of information of ingestion and detection of chicken bones preoperatively are of interest to be considered in the differential diagnosis of acute abdomen, which in this case was treated surgically.

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Author: Faton T Hoxha - Shemsedin I Hashani - Driton S Komoni - Lumturije H Gashi-Luci - Fisnik I Kurshumliu - Medita SH Hashi


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