BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.10.2011.5001
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An incidental finding of a gastric foreign body 25 years after ingestion

  1. Tarek Shirazi
  1. Gastroenterology Department, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital Foundation Trust, Exeter, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Oliver Richard Waters, olski{at}


A 76-year-old female, with a blameless medical history other than well-controlled depression, was referred for urgent investigation due to weight loss and diarrhoea. A flexible sigmoidoscopy demonstrated severe diverticulosis and a subsequent CT abdomen showed a linear foreign body in the stomach but no other abnormality (figure 1). Her symptoms resolved spontaneously. …

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