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CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 185-187

A rare cause of unclosed abdominal wall wound: Swallowed suture needles


Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Bagcilar Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

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Dr. Percin Karakol
Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Bagcilar Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Ankara
Turkey
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/tjps.tjps_23_19

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Foreign body ingestion that is mostly seen in children, may also seen in adults with psychiatric disorders. Many foreign bodies are excreted with feces; otherwise, they may perforate abdominal organs and cause peritonitis. Sometimes, they can migrate organs and penetrate the abdominal wall. We report, in this report, a 33-year-old unemployed tailor woman with her sister with Munchausen syndrome by proxy disorder. The patient has an unclosed wound after having swallowed multiple suture needles in attempt of suicide. Foreign body ingestion may present with various symptoms. Abdominal nonhealing wounds can occur, and after several attempts of treatment, if there are recurrent dehiscence, psychiatric disorders should be considered.


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