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Small Bowel Obstruction Caused by Snail's Shell: Radiographic and CT Findings

Lerma, Marcos Agramunt; Mariscal, José María Errando; Cordón, Fructuoso Delgado; Abril, Segundo Gómez; Orón, Eva Montalvá; Pérez, María Jesús Martínez

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We report a case of small bowel obstruction in a 74-year-old woman presenting with abdominal pain due to the accidental swallowing of a snail shell. A diagnosis of obstruction was made by abdominal radiograph, and its etiology was found after abdominal CT was performed. This is an unusual case of small bowel obstruction due to a foreign body that was preoperatively diagnosed with imaging.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.



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