International Journal of Colorectal Disease

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 212–213 | Cite as

Acute anal pain due to ingested bone

  • C. Seow
  • A. F. P. K. Leong
  • H. S. Goh
Original Articles

Abstract

Six cases of acute anal pain due to impaction of ingested bone in the anal canal are reported. The clinical presentation mimicks common causes of acute anal pain such as perianal abscesses, fissures or thrombosed haemorrhoids. The diagnosis is readily made on simple digital rectal examination. Early removal of the bone results in immediate pain relief, whilst delayed diagnosis may result in deeper penetration of the bone and abscess formation.

Résumé

Six cas de douleurs aigues anales duent à l'impaction dans le canal anal d'os ingérés sont rapportés. Le tableau clinique simule les causes communes de douleurs anales aigues telles que abcés péri-anal, fissures ou hémorroïdes thrombosées. Le diagnostic est facilement fait sur un simple toucher rectal. L'ablation rapide de l'os provoque un soulagement immédiat de la douleur tandis qu'un retard de diagnostic peut entraîner une pénétration plus profonde de l'os et la formation d'un abcés.

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Seow
    • 1
  • A. F. P. K. Leong
    • 1
  • H. S. Goh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Colorectal SurgerySingapore General HospitalSingapore

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