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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2011, Article ID 509806, 2 pages
Case Report

Unusual Presentation of Gastric Perforation by Foreign Body: A Case Report

Department of General Surgery, Castle Hill Hospital, Castle Road, Cottingham HU16 5BQ, UK

Received 14 July 2011; Accepted 16 August 2011

Academic Editors: F.-M. Haecker and J. M. Strzelczyk

Copyright © 2011 V. S. R. Rao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Perforation of the gastrointestinal tract by ingested foreign body is rare. The majority of patients do not recall ingestion of the foreign body, and dietary foreign bodies are most commonly involved. We present an interesting case where the offending foreign body gave rise to a diagnostic dilemma masquerading as a pancreatic mass. A high index of suspicion is indicated especially when dealing with atypical presentation and nonspecific symptoms as highlighted in this case.