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Gut. 2007 August; 56(8): 1065.
PMCID: PMC1955511

Delayed passage of metallic foreign bodies

Clinical presentation

A 34‐year‐old man with Lowe syndrome presented with features of subacute bowel obstruction and weight loss. Lowe syndrome is an X‐linked recessive syndrome comprising of congenital cataracts, neonatal or infantile hypotonia with subsequent mental impairment and renal tubular dysfunction. Abnormal behaviour with unusual obsessions and self‐injurious behaviour is not uncommon with this syndrome. His plain abdominal film demonstrated multiple metallic objects within the bowel (fig 11).).

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Figure 1 Plain abdominal radiograph demonstrating multiple metallic objects within the bowel lumen.


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