BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.01.2012.5596
  • Unusual association of diseases/symptoms

Incarcerated foreign body in the vagina – a metal bangle used as a pessary

  1. Haritha Sagili
  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, JIPMER, Puducherry, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Papa Dasari, dasaripapa{at}


Long-forgotten vaginal pessaries get incarcerated in the vagina and their removal poses problems. A 60-year-old postmenopausal woman presented with foul smelling purulent discharge per vaginum and stress incontinence. Speculum examination revealed foul smelling white discharge per vaginum and a friable vaginal wall which bled on touch. The anterior portion of a metal ring deeply embedded in the vagina was seen. The cervix appeared normal. Attempts of removal by traction under local infiltration failed and resulted in bleeding. Biopsy from the tissue covering the ring reported no evidence of malignancy. She was treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics for 1 week and the metallic ring was removed without any complications under general anaesthesia using electrocautery. It was found to be a metallic bangle with design. It is essential to gently cauterise and release the fibrosis over the incarcerated foreign body to achieve safe removal.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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