A Tale of an Impacted Thorny Twig in the Urethra and Over-Loading Removal Technique

  • Nilesh Prakash PatilEmail author
  • Saji Vargheese
  • Avinash Prakash
  • Habib Md Reazaul Karim
Case Report


Urethral foreign bodies are mostly self-inserted because of exotic impulse, desire of sexual gratification, psychosexual problems, or under alcohol influence. Most of the foreign bodies are easily inserted, but the failure of removing it becomes the reason of presentation to the hospital. A 15-year-old male presented with a 35-cm-long thorny twig inserted into the urethra, which got impacted leading to painful hematuria. The twig was removed by an over-loading technique using a nasogastric tube (Ryle’s tube) in a remote island of India. The procedure was successful without causing additional trauma during the removal of the foreign body.


Foreign body Feeding tube, gastric Removal procedure Thorny Urethral 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Andaman & Nicobar Islands Institute of Medical Sciences and G.B. Pant HospitalPort BlairIndia
  2. 2.Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical CareANIIMS & G.B. Pant HospitalPort BlairIndia

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