Multiple Foreign Bodies in A 5-Year-Old: Non-Accidental Trauma

Mulewa Mulenga, Patricia Shirondo, Bruce Chikasa Bvulani

 University of Zambia University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia.

Correspondence to: Dr. Mulewa Mulenga, University of Zambia University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia. Email: mulengamulewa@rocketmail.com. Telephone: +260974761028.

Abstract

Foreign bodies, a significant proportion of which are a result of non-accidental trauma are common, but under reported. Paediatric foreign body injuries can be inconsequential, severe or even fatal, and cause long lasting morbidity and the need of treatment and hospitalization. Evaluation of injury or death requires elements of detection, pattern recognition, interpretation and comparison, all based on clinical, radiological and forensic experience with normal and abnormal findings. We, the authors, report an unusual and strange case of non-accidental trauma in a young child who presented to our surgical services, with 44 sewing needles and wires in his body. The patient had specific characteristics or risks for abuse. His injuries were evaluated, recognized, documented and reported. He was medically surgically treated for peritonitis, malnutrition, and the foreign bodies were surgically removed using staged operations under image guidance. Patient’s recovery was uneventful.

 


Key words: Multiple foreign bodies, Trauma.

Ann Afr Surg. ****; **(*):***

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/aas.v16i1.*

Conflicts of Interest: None

Funding: None

© 2020 Author. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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