Steel bar penetrating injury of rectum and vertebral body without severe morbidities: Report of a case

Liang Tsai Wang, Chang Chieh Wu, Cheng Wen Hsiao, Chun Che Feng, Cheng Fu Chang, Shu Wen Jao

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Abstract

Although traumatic injuries to the rectum are not uncommon, they pose significant challenges to surgeons. Challenges relate to timely diagnosis, control of pelvic hemorrhage, multiplicity of associated injuries, difficulties in operative exposure, and prevention of sepsis. We report an unusual case of combined rectal and vertebral body penetrating injuries by a long rusty steel bar as a result of a falling accident. Successful treatment of this condition entailed removal of the bar, perineal and retroperitoneal drainage, and fecal diversion. The patient was discharged without neurologic, hemorrhagic, or intestinal morbidities 20 days later. Closure of colostomy was performed three months later uneventfully.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-348
Number of pages3
JournalDiseases of the Colon & Rectum
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Rectal perforation
  • Steel bar injury
  • Vertebral body penetration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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