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December 26, 1959


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Surgery, Cook County Hospital and the Vaughn Medical Group.

JAMA. 1959;171(17):2307-2309. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.73010350001007

Foreign bodies in the rectum are frequently reported in the surgical literature. Objects are often inserted accidentally. At other times they are deliberately inserted, and the question as to what prompts persons to do this is a moot one. Frequently, these foreign bodies inserted through the anus are the result of prankish debauches and practical jokes. Sometimes they are inserted for the purpose of sexual deviation, and slip beyond the grasp of the user. Often they are inserted by the psychotic person with no actual or apparent intent or purpose.

Unless it can be established that the presence of a foreign body in the rectum is the result of an accidental insertion, it is frequently difficult to evoke a satisfactory history from these patients as to the reason for its presence. This is understandable, as embarrassment often inhibits them from revealing the reasons for their deliberate act and their consequent