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July 1, 1950

FOREIGN BODY IN THE BLADDERRemoval of Thermometer with Stern-McCarthy Resectoscope

JAMA. 1950;143(9):804-805. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.82910440001010

The story of foreign bodies in the urinary bladder is an old one, varied and fascinating. Brewer and Marcus1 state that the medical literature from 1880 to 1946 contains reports of no less than 566 foreign bodies in the urinary bladder. The following objects are among those that have been found2: lead pencils, slate pencils, knitting needles, nails, hairpins, button hooks, feathers, paint brushes, kidney beans, watch chains, leather shoe laces, straw, chewing gum, chalk, slippery elm, paraffin, tallow, bougies and catheters. Also reported are a perfume bottle, a hog's penis (in female urethra), a condom, a toothbrush handle, a squirrel's tail, a thermometer, a snail, a candiru (a species of fish that penetrates the urethra and enters the bladder), candles, a sponge, a wasp and paraffin from the treatment of hernia by injection. Geyerman3 reported removing a decapitated garter snake 18 inches (46 cm.) long from

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