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Foreign body ingestion mimicking irritable bowel syndrome: a case report.

J Med Case Reports. 2010 Aug 4;4(1):244

Authors: Komninos ID, Tsiligianni IG

ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Foreign body ingestion is associated with a variety of symptoms and complications, often mimicking various diseases. This case report describes an unusual presentation following foreign body ingestion. CASE PRESENTATION: A 56-year-old Greek Caucasian woman presented to a primary care setting, in rural Crete, Greece, with complaints of abdominal pain, cramping and bloating, for the last four months. Alternating constipation and diarrhea was reported. The patient had unknowingly ingested a foreign body that resulted in an irritable bowel syndrome-like presentation. CONCLUSIONS: This case report emphasizes the need for a high index of suspicion from physicians for a wide differential in their approach to abdominal complaints, as well as the importance of an individualized approach to patients in the setting of clinical medicine.

PMID: 20684775 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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