Injuries to the lower part of the rectum and to the anal canal from certain foods and from foreign bodies, especially small ones ingested with food, are of sufficiently frequent occurrence to merit consideration. I shall not attempt a review of the literature to show all such articles that have been found but shall rather try to show the seriousness of the damage done and the course of the resulting infection.
One wonders how some of the articles found could possibly have escaped detection during mastication. Their presence is made known when such a body is hard, comes between the teeth, or impinges on the sensitive lining of the mouth. In this way many such articles are discovered and extruded before harm is done, yet many are swallowed unconsciously or, perhaps, consciously when too far down to be returned to the mouth.
A knowledge of the sensation of the upper
McKENNEY DC. RECTAL AND ANAL INJURIES FROM CERTAIN FOODS AND INGESTED FOREIGN BODIES. JAMA. 1931;97(22):1612–1616. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730220034008
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