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Transanal removal of a broken drinking glass self-inserted and retained in the rectum
  1. Veronica Lazzari1,
  2. Stefano Siboni1,2,
  3. Emanuele Asti2,3,
  4. Luigi Bonavina3,2
  1. 1Universita degli Studi di Milano, Surgery, Milano, Italy
  2. 2IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, Surgery, San Donato Milanese, Lombardia, Italy
  3. 3Universita degli Studi di Milano, Biomedical Sciences for Health, Milano, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Professor Luigi Bonavina, luigi.bonavina{at}


Retained rectal foreign bodies are increasingly reported in current clinical practice, and there is no clear consensus in the literature as to whether transanal extraction should be performed in the emergency or in the operating room. A 47-year-old presented to the hospital for a retained drinking glass in the rectum that was broken after an attempt at self-extraction. Physical examination showed no evidence of abdominal guarding nor bleeding from the rectum; abdominal and pelvic X-rays confirmed the presence of a broken glass, 8×6 cm in size and no signs of perforation. Initial anoscopy performed in the emergency room confirmed the partial fracture of the glass. The patient was transferred to the operating room and transanal extraction was carried out under general anaesthesia without complications.

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  • Contributors VL, SS, and EA collected the data and wrote the first draft of the manuscript. LB revised the manuscript. All authors approved the final draft.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.