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Doctors at one Florida hospital have documented an uncommon medical case where surgery was done on a man to remove a screwdriver that had pierced a portion of his rectum.
The report was written by members of the surgery department at a Miami-area medical center, and was published by the Annals of Medicine & Surgery in October. According to the report, the man is a 46-year-old who complained of having pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic area for a week.
Doctors say a CT scan of the man later revealed he had a perforation in his rectum, as well as a foreign object that resembled a screwdriver. At that point, the man was given fluids and antibiotics.
According to the report, surgeons eventually had to remove the screwdriver via a laparotomy procedure. The man was left with a colostomy following the operation, but that is expected to be reversed later on in the year.
The man has a significant past medical history of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and noncompliance with medications, according to the report.
"This case highlights the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion when encountering psychiatric patients with nonspecific lower abdominal or anorectal pain with inconsistent presentations," the report wrote.
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