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February 1928

FOREIGN BODIES IN THE STOMACH: REPORT OF A CASE IN WHICH MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FOREIGN BODIES WERE FOUND

Author Affiliations

Physician, Ontario Hospital; LONDON, ONTARIO
From the Department of Surgery, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

Arch Surg. 1928;16(2):494-500. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1928.01140020045003
Abstract

To find foreign bodies in the stomach is by no means rare, in fact, the medical literature is so replete with reported cases that one hesitates to add another unless it is of unusual interest.

Many of the patients are children who pick up objects and swallow them accidentally or intentionally. In the normal adult the presence of foreign bodies in the stomach is usually the result of the accidental swallowing of articles held in the mouth, although at times one sees people, otherwise normal, who have the habit of swallowing hair and other objects. This habit may be accentuated in some insane patients, and it is from this group that the strangest and largest number of objects have been recovered at operation, or more often at autopsy.

REPORT OF A CASE  The following case, we feel, qualifies for a place in literature:Mrs. H., aged 42, had been a

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