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Video: In Poland, Doctors Found A Huge Piece Of Glass In A Woman's Pelvis
In Poland, doctors found a huge piece of glass in a woman's pelvis
A splinter with a length of almost 20 centimeters was discovered only nine months after the ingestion of a foreign body. The patient underwent a CT scan for joint pain.
Photo: Bartosz Luks
Injuries to the abdominal wall that appear minor may indicate a serious risk to human health. Doctors discovered a 19-centimeter glass splinter in the woman's pelvis a few months after she got there. Size, skin lesions in the lumbar region were only four centimeters. Polish doctors described this case in the American Journal of Case Reports.
A 52-year-old female patient consulted her family doctor for prolonged pain in her right hip in May 2019. She was sent to the surgical department of the hospital in the Polish city of Zgierz. There she underwent computed tomography (CT) to better understand the causes of the pain.
The woman was overweight. When examining the abdomen, doctors found soreness in the area on the right under the navel, a slight depression in the groin area on the right, and a scar in the left lumbar region. The patient explained the origin of the scar: in September 2018, she fell on a glass table, crushed it and cut herself with shrapnel.
In 2018, immediately after the incident, doctors did not find any serious injuries, the wound was washed. Over the next nine months, the woman visited several doctors to understand the cause of her hip pain. An orthopedic X-ray revealed no cause of pain.
The CT scan found a foreign body 19 centimeters long, 38 millimeters wide and 11 millimeters thick in the pelvis. The glass "splinter" passed in the pelvic cavity from the left obliquely downwards, bypassing the intestinal loops, in front of the bladder to the right groin area.
The patient underwent a planned operation to remove a foreign body. In their article, doctors emphasize that even small skin lesions should alert doctors and prompt them to think about possible damage to the viscera and foreign bodies. In addition, in acute injuries, careful examination of the wounds and, if necessary, the use of medical imaging is necessary.
Scientists analyzed the literature and found descriptions of only four cases of delayed detection of a glass fragment in the human abdominal cavity.
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