Trauma to the Rectum

Colorectal Foreign Bodies and Manual-Anal Intercourse
  • Herand Abcarian


Foreign bodies of the colon and rectum are being seen with increasing frequency within the bisexual and homosexual male population. The introduction of these foreign bodies is seen as a result of criminal assault against a variety of victims, and this situation is usually associated with serious and life-threatening complications. The circumstances under which foreign bodies are introduced into the rectum and colon can be grouped under five categories:
  1. 1.

    Diagnostic or therapeutic introduction (e.g., thermometers, rectal tubes, disposable enema tips, irrigation catheters, barium for upper or lower gastrointestinal X-ray exminations1).

  2. 2.

    Self-administered treatment to alleviate symptoms of anorectal disease (e.g., insertion of short broomsticks to relieve itching or reduce prolapsed hemorrhoids2,3).

  3. 3.

    Criminal assault (e.g., glass bottles4 or broomsticks).

  4. 4.

    Accidental introduction (e.g., ingestion of chicken or fish bones4).

  5. 5.

    Autoeroticism (e.g., vibrators—by far the most common cause of retrained colorectal foreign bodies).



Foreign Body Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy Anorectal Disease Clear Liquid Diet Rectal Ampulla 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Herand Abcarian
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Section of Colon and Rectal SurgeryCook County HospitalChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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