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December 28, 1901

Needle in Rectal Wall.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(26):1724. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470520010008

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Cochranton, Pa., Dec. 10, 1901.

To the Editor:  —On the evening of November 20, Mr. T. M. M. came into my office complaining of what he thought was of hemorrhoidal nature, suffering pain and uneasiness in lower part of the rectum. I made an examination and could fine nothing of that character. I treated him for about two days, and being no better, but rather worse, I dilated the anus and could see only a very small ulcerated spot on the wall of the rectum. On further examination with my finger, I found at about one and one-half inches up in the rectum, part of a large sewing needle, with the point down. I could feel the click under my finger nail. I then took a pair of forceps and brought the point through the rectal wall and extracted a large-sized needle. The mischief already done by the needle culminated

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