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May 20, 2016

It's not smart to swallow your phone


An ingested mobile phone in the stomach may not be amenable to safe endoscopic removal using current therapeutic devices: A case report
The patient was brought to the operating theatre, intubated and the initial intervention was an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. The findings are shown in Fig. 3. Following failed attempts at endoscopic removal, using endoscopic snares, graspers, tripod forceps and baskets, the endoscopic approach was abandoned. The mobile phone could not be aligned correctly to allow for a safe retrieval while limiting the potential harm to the oesophagus. The use of overtube was not an option in this case due to the size of the phone. An upper midline laparotomy was then performed and an Alexis® O Wound Protector was used to protect the wound. A gastrotomy (3–4 cm) was made in the anterior stomach away from the pylorus. The phone was delivered through the gastrotomy by manual manipulation assisted by Babcock forceps. The dimensions of the foreign body were 68 × 23 × 11 mm. This was followed by a two-layer gastrotomy closure, fascial and skin closure. A nasogastric tube was placed during the surgery and secured with a bridle. The mobile phone was sent as a specimen for forensic examination. [HT davidthompson: Friday Ephemera]

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 20, 2016 12:07 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Translation: Couldn't suck it out, so dug it out.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 20, 2016 7:23 AM

I thought the Poufters shoved them up the other end, put them on vibrate and called until the battery died.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 20, 2016 2:23 PM

The dude must have missed his calling.

Posted by: Dennis Myers [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 22, 2016 8:28 PM

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