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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

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: July-August 2002 - Volume 26 - Issue 4 - p 529-531

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.

From the Departments of Radiology (M. Agramunt Lerma, J. M. Errando Mariscal, F. Delgado Cordón, M. J. Martínez) and Surgery (S. Gómez Abril, E. Montalvá Orón), Dr. Peset Universitary Hospital, Valencia, Spain.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. M. Agramunt Lerma at Department of Radiology, Dr. Peset Universitary Hospital, Avenida Gaspar Aguilar, 90, Valencia 46017, Spain. E-mail:

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.