Self-inflicted sigmoid colon perforation - Report of a case

Marc I. Schwarzman, Fadi F. Attiyeh

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A rare, if not unique, case of sigmoid colon perforation by a balloon, self-inserted transanally, is described. Mechanical properties of the sigmoid colon make it prone to rupture by pneumatic distention. Management depends on amount of peritoneal contamination, timing, and associated injury. With prompt surgery, isolated traumatic sigmoid colon perforations have a good prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalDiseases of the Colon and Rectum
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1984
Externally publishedYes


  • Intracolonic balloon
  • Self-inflicted colonic trauma
  • Sigmoid colon distention and rupture
  • Transanal foreign body
  • Traumatic sigmoid colon perforation


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