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Double-balloon endoscopy for treatment of long-term abdominal discomfort due to small bowel penetration by an eel bone

Tomoyoshi Shibuya, Taro Osada, Daisuke Asaoka, Hiroki Mori, Kazuko Beppu, Naoto Sakamoto, Satoko Suzuki, Jin Kan Sai, Akihito Nagahara, Michiro Otaka, Toshifumi Ohkusa, Tatsuo Ogihara, Yuzo Takada, Sumio Watanabe

Med Sci Monit 2008; 14(10): CS107-109

ID: 869398

Background: Penetration of the GI tract by a fish bone was treated by laparotomy. DBE is a useful procedure for removal of a foreign body from the small bowel.
Material and Method: A 33-year-old male presented with bothersome postprandial fullness. He was diagnosed previously with functional dyspepsia, and had been treated with medication for 8 months with no success. During antegrade DBE, which was performed to rule out of small intestinal abnormalities, an eel bone found stuck in the jejunum was grasped with forceps and pulled out. Following removal of the bone, the patient's postprandial fullness ameliorated dramatically.
Conclusions: This is the first report of DBE-based diagnosis and treatment of a small bowel penetration by a fish bone.

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