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Multiple intestinal perforations due to blister pill pack ingestion
  1. Francesc Simo Alari,
  2. Israel Gutierrez
  1. Chrirugie gynecologique et viscerale, Centre hospitalier du val d’Ariege, Pamiers, France
  1. Correspondence to Francesc Simo Alari, f.simo.alari{at}


A 72-year-old woman with morbid obesity and history of psychosis attended the emergency room due to abdominal pain. CT scan revealed a mesenteric infiltration surrounding a thickened wall bowel agglomeration; inside, a dense 2 cm foreign body with no pneumoperitoneum or peritoneal effusion. Surgery revealed four contained bowel perforations due to a blister pill pack inside the ileum; consequently, a 30 cm bowel resection was performed. Ingestion was restarted on day 2, a superficial wound infection was evacuated on day 4 and the patient was discharged 6 days after surgery. Foreign body ingestion is relatively common in paediatric patients. Adult cases are usually related to vision problems, intellectual disability and psychiatric or cognitive disorders. Mostly, no consequences are reported, but some cases (<1%) can lead to complications such as perforations or gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. Endoscopic extraction may be considered when placed in the upper GI tract, but surgery remains imperative if perforation is established.

  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Surgery

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Parental/guardian consent obtained.

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

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