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Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury
A swallowed foreign body that uncovered an undiagnosed bowel pathology
  1. C R Garnham1,
  2. J I Wilson1,
  3. G Kaur1,
  4. S H Kamath2
  1. 1Department of Surgery, Scunthorpe Hospital, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, UK
  2. 2Department of Radiology, Scunthorpe Hospital, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to C R Garnham, colin_garnham{at}


This report details a unique presentation of Crohn's disease in a patient who inadvertently swallowed the cap of a USB mass storage device and subsequently developed intestinal obstruction and underwent a limited right hemicolectomy. Imaging, photographs and histology are described with discussion of surgical outcomes.

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