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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0520103024.
Published online Aug 5, 2010. doi:  10.1136/bcr.05.2010.3024
PMCID: PMC3030134
Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury
Be careful what you wish for: an ingested foreign body masquerading as cancer
Jonathan Wright, Pratik Roy, and Jane Linsell
Department of General Surgery, University Hospital Lewisham, London, UK
Correspondence to Jonathan Wright, jonnywright1/at/
We present a case in which a patient with suspected colorectal cancer, referred to the surgical outpatient clinic, was subsequently found to have a chicken wishbone apparently perforating the sigmoid colon. This demonstrates the complexities of diagnosis and management of an unusual presentation of ingested foreign body. This case is a useful learning point in consideration of differential diagnosis in the presentation of an apparently malignant lesion.
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