December 3, 2012

Abdomen XR, Abdomen/Pelvis, Non-Trauma, XR

Here’s a good reason not to put nails in your mouth while doing construction at home:

The patient accidentally swallowed the nails while trying to hammer one in and you can see them on the radiograph above.  The good news is they weren’t in the airway which can cause much more acute life threatening injuries.  Sharp objects such as this in the GI tract usually warrant a GI or surgical consult because of the high risk of perforation.

Author:  Russell Jones, MD

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