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Rectal Perforation in Infant by Thermometer: Case Report With Review of Literature on Rectal Perforation

Rectal Perforation in Infant by Thermometer: Case Report With Review of Literature on Rectal... Abstract MUCH IS KNOWN about injury and perforation of the rectum from various causes. However, exceptionally little has been written about injury to the rectum by the universally used thermometer,1-4 and this entirely in the European literature. This author has not found a single reference to intraperitoneal perforation by a thermometer. Therefore, the following case report of intraperitoneal perforation by thermometer in an infant is submitted. Report of a Case On Dec 26, 1958, at 8 am, a hospitalized, 10-day-old Spanish American male infant was brought to the x-ray department of the Bernalillo County-Indian Hospital because one hour earlier bloody mucus had been observed in his stool. The infant had been fussy for about two hours (the fussiness having begun, as was determined later, almost immediately following the taking of his rectal temperature). Examination revealed slight abdominal distention and possibly diminished bowel sounds. Parturition had been normal and, except for References 1. Lindstedt, F.: Om termometer läsioner: Bidrag till tarmblödningarnas ätiologi , Svensk Läkartidn 24:608-611, 1927. 2. Perman, E.: Rectalblutungen, versucht durch Thermometer-Verletzungen , Acta Chir Scand 62:581-585, 1927. 3. Elvin, S., and Fromm, B.: Om läsioner i rektum, särskilt med hänsyn till de s.k. termometerskadorna , Hygiea 90:805-813, 1928. 4. Windfield, P.: To tilfaelde af thermometer laesion, hvoraf et med faretruende arteriel blodning , Ugeskr Laeg 91:698-699, 1929. 5. Bacon, H.E.: Anus-Rectum-Sigmoid Colon , ed 3, Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1949, pp 897-913. 6. Large, P.C., and Mukheiber, W.J.: Injury to Rectum and Anal Canal by Enema Syringes , Lancet 2:596, 1956.Crossref 7. Lindstedt, F.: En ny febertermometer , Svensk Läkartidn 26:296-298, 1929. 8. Roland, C.G., and Rogers, A.G.: Rectal Perforations After Enema Administration , Canad Med Assoc J 81:815, 1959. 9. Burt, C.A.V.: Pneumatic Rupture of the Intestinal Canal , Arch Surg 22:875, 1931.Crossref 10. Pratt, J.H., and Jackman, R.J.: Perforations of the Rectal Wall by Enema Tips , Mayo Clin Proc 20:277, 1945. 11. Hartman, W., and Hills, W.J.: Rupture of Colon in Infants During Barium Enema , Ann Surg 145:712, 1957.Crossref 12. Kleinsasser, L.J., and Warshaw, H.: Perforation of the Sigmoid Colon During Barium Enema , Ann Surg 135: 560, 1952.Crossref 13. Andresen, A.F.R.: Perforations From Proctoscopy , Gastroenterology 9:32, 1947. 14. Murray, A.A.: Acute Intraperitoneal Perforations of the Colon and Rectum , Canad Med Assoc J 77:336, 1957. 15. Klein, R.R., and Scarborough, R.A.: Traumatic Perforations of the Rectum and Distal Colon , Amer J Surg 86:515, 1953.Crossref 16. Hamilton, J.E., and Duncan, E.: Penetrating Gunshot and Stab Wounds of the Abdomen: Review of Three Hundred and Thirty-Six Cases , Surgery 13:107, 1943. 17. Wilkinson, R.S.; Hill, L.M.; and Wright, L.T.: Gunshot Wounds of the Abdomen , Surgery 19:451, 1956. 18. Crohn, B.B., and Rosenak, B.D.: Traumas Resulting From Sigmoid Manipulation , Amer J Dig Dis 2:678, 1936.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

Rectal Perforation in Infant by Thermometer: Case Report With Review of Literature on Rectal Perforation

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Abstract

Abstract MUCH IS KNOWN about injury and perforation of the rectum from various causes. However, exceptionally little has been written about injury to the rectum by the universally used thermometer,1-4 and this entirely in the European literature. This author has not found a single reference to intraperitoneal perforation by a thermometer. Therefore, the following case report of intraperitoneal perforation by thermometer in an infant is submitted. Report of a Case On Dec 26, 1958, at 8 am, a hospitalized, 10-day-old Spanish American male infant was brought to the x-ray department of the Bernalillo County-Indian Hospital because one hour earlier bloody mucus had been observed in his stool. The infant had been fussy for about two hours (the fussiness having begun, as was determined later, almost immediately following the taking of his rectal temperature). Examination revealed slight abdominal distention and possibly diminished bowel sounds. Parturition had been normal and, except for References 1. Lindstedt, F.: Om termometer läsioner: Bidrag till tarmblödningarnas ätiologi , Svensk Läkartidn 24:608-611, 1927. 2. Perman, E.: Rectalblutungen, versucht durch Thermometer-Verletzungen , Acta Chir Scand 62:581-585, 1927. 3. Elvin, S., and Fromm, B.: Om läsioner i rektum, särskilt med hänsyn till de s.k. termometerskadorna , Hygiea 90:805-813, 1928. 4. Windfield, P.: To tilfaelde af thermometer laesion, hvoraf et med faretruende arteriel blodning , Ugeskr Laeg 91:698-699, 1929. 5. Bacon, H.E.: Anus-Rectum-Sigmoid Colon , ed 3, Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1949, pp 897-913. 6. Large, P.C., and Mukheiber, W.J.: Injury to Rectum and Anal Canal by Enema Syringes , Lancet 2:596, 1956.Crossref 7. Lindstedt, F.: En ny febertermometer , Svensk Läkartidn 26:296-298, 1929. 8. Roland, C.G., and Rogers, A.G.: Rectal Perforations After Enema Administration , Canad Med Assoc J 81:815, 1959. 9. Burt, C.A.V.: Pneumatic Rupture of the Intestinal Canal , Arch Surg 22:875, 1931.Crossref 10. Pratt, J.H., and Jackman, R.J.: Perforations of the Rectal Wall by Enema Tips , Mayo Clin Proc 20:277, 1945. 11. Hartman, W., and Hills, W.J.: Rupture of Colon in Infants During Barium Enema , Ann Surg 145:712, 1957.Crossref 12. Kleinsasser, L.J., and Warshaw, H.: Perforation of the Sigmoid Colon During Barium Enema , Ann Surg 135: 560, 1952.Crossref 13. Andresen, A.F.R.: Perforations From Proctoscopy , Gastroenterology 9:32, 1947. 14. Murray, A.A.: Acute Intraperitoneal Perforations of the Colon and Rectum , Canad Med Assoc J 77:336, 1957. 15. Klein, R.R., and Scarborough, R.A.: Traumatic Perforations of the Rectum and Distal Colon , Amer J Surg 86:515, 1953.Crossref 16. Hamilton, J.E., and Duncan, E.: Penetrating Gunshot and Stab Wounds of the Abdomen: Review of Three Hundred and Thirty-Six Cases , Surgery 13:107, 1943. 17. Wilkinson, R.S.; Hill, L.M.; and Wright, L.T.: Gunshot Wounds of the Abdomen , Surgery 19:451, 1956. 18. Crohn, B.B., and Rosenak, B.D.: Traumas Resulting From Sigmoid Manipulation , Amer J Dig Dis 2:678, 1936.Crossref

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American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 1, 1966

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