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Transrectal impalement of an incense stick in a child presenting as foreign body in the urinary bladder
  1. Rajkumar Singha Mahapatra,
  2. Vinod Priyadarshi,
  3. Vijay kumar Sarma Madduri,
  4. Dilip Kumar Pal
  1. Department of Urology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Dilip Kumar Pal, drdkpal{at}


The diversity of objects that can be found in the urinary bladder often surpasses the urologist's imagination and mostly they are introduced per urethrally. Impalement injuries of the rectum with bladder perforation have been rarely reported. A high index of clinical suspicion is required to make the diagnosis of bladder perforation while assessing patients presenting with rectal impalement. In this interesting case, a young male child presented with haematuria and dysuria. He had a history of accidentally sitting on an agarbatti (Indian incense stick) stand while playing, followed by perianal pain which subsided spontaneously. Next day he presented with haematuria and dysuria. Clinical examination was inconclusive. On thorough investigation, a linear echogenic foreign body was found in the urinary bladder. The child was operated and the foreign body (incense stick) was removed. This is the first reported case of rectal impalement injury with incense stick, migrated to the urinary bladder in a 2-year-old child.

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