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Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 78–79 | Cite as

Laser-assisted removal of a foreign body from the colon

  • Matthias Kaltheuner
  • Hans Stallkamp
  • Helmut Malchow
  • Andreas Klose
  • Karl -Heinz Vestweber
Case Reports

Summary

An 81-year-old woman underwent a colonoscopy because of a sigmoiditis poorly responding to conservative therapy. A rod-shaped foreign body found in the sigma proved impossible to remove conventionally. Irradiation with a low laser energy caused the foreign body to break apart, after which its extraction was straightforward. The further clinical course was uncomplicated. In this case a partial sigmoidectomy would have been indicated had the laser-supported extraction not been successful. The authors suggest that a similar procedure could be helpful in the management of foreign bodies in the esophagus.

Key words

Foreign body Lower gastrointestinal tract Laser therapy 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Kaltheuner
    • 1
  • Hans Stallkamp
    • 1
  • Helmut Malchow
    • 1
  • Andreas Klose
    • 2
  • Karl -Heinz Vestweber
    • 2
  1. 1.Medizinische Klinik IIStädtisches Krankenhaus LeverkusenLeverkusen 1Federal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Allgemeinchirurgische KlinikStädtisches Krankenhaus LeverkusenLeverkusen 1Federal Republic of Germany

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