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Ingestion of nine metallic nails with corrosive: what happened next?
  1. Manu Vats,
  2. Sadhasivam Ramasamy,
  3. Sushanto Neogi,
  4. Sanjeev Kumar Tudu
  1. General Surgery, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Manu Vats, vatsmanu{at}


A 20-year-old woman was brought to the surgery emergency department with the complaint of epigastric pain since 1 day following ingestion of multiple metallic nails with a cup full of toilet cleaner (corrosive acid) with a suicidal intention. Physical examination was essentially unremarkable, and the abdomen showed no signs of perforation peritonitis. X-rays of the abdomen showed multiple ‘nail’-like radiopaque shadows in the abdominal cavity with no evidence of free gas under the domes of the diaphragm. A non-operative expectant management was pursued. The patient had passed all the sharps in stools without any complication and was discharged after 12 days. After 3 weeks, the patient presented with non-bilious vomiting. Further investigations revealed pyloric stenosis with no oesophageal luminal stenosis. To bypass the pyloric stenosis, a Billroth II gastrojejunostomy was performed. The postoperative period was uneventful, and the recovery was smooth.

  • gastroenterology
  • medical management
  • radiology
  • gastrointestinal surgery
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