To the Editor.—
Foreign bodies in the rectum are of such variety that no single procedure for their removal can be mandated.1 Each case represents a special problem in its management. It must be remembered that careless removal is more likely to result in injury than that which resulted from its insertion. Recently, we have extracted a light bulb from the rectum using insertion of two Foley catheters and its success has prompted us to report this technique.
Report of a Case.—
A 50-year-old man was seen in the emergency room of French and Polyclinic Medical School and Health Center on July 30,1971, with discomfort in the rectum following insertion of a light bulb a few hours before. Rectal examination revealed a light bulb three inches above the anal verge with the screw end of the bulb projecting towards the examiner. The metallic screw part of the bulb was
Vadlamudi KK, Van Bockstaele PG, McManus JE. Foley Catheter in Removal of a Foreign Body From Rectum. JAMA. 1972;221(12):1412. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200250052024