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February 1966

Rectal Perforation in Infant by Thermometer: Case Report With Review of Literature on Rectal Perforation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology, University of Minnesota Hospitals, University of Minnesota.

Am J Dis Child. 1966;111(2):197-200. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090050129012

MUCH IS KNOWN about injury and perforation of the rectum from various causes. However, exceptionally little has been written about injury to the rectum by the universally used thermometer,1-4 and this entirely in the European literature.

This author has not found a single reference to intraperitoneal perforation by a thermometer. Therefore, the following case report of intraperitoneal perforation by thermometer in an infant is submitted.

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