Case of the Month – February 2018

By Dr Matthew Bastian-Jordan


Young male presented with whipper snipper injury. Hit a rock. Penetrating injury?


CT upper abdomen and pelvis.


CT showed abdominal wall wound with free intraperitoneal gas and metallic foreign body.


Diagnostic laparoscopy has confirmed the metallic foreign body to have entered the abdomen and was lodged within a loop of small bowel requiring an enterotomy, removal and closure.

Additional History

The patient was using metallic blades and hit a rock snapping the tip off and flying into his abdomen (he was not wearing a shirt!)

COM Feb2018