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September 18, 1972

Foley Catheter in Removal of a Foreign Body From Rectum

JAMA. 1972;221(12):1412. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200250052024

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