Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology

: 2008  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46--47

Unusual cause of abdominal pain

S Khanna, D Chaudhary 
 Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute for Liver, Renal and Digestive Diseases, New Delhi, India

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S Khanna
Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute for Liver, Renal diseases, Shiekh Sarai-II, New Delhi - 110 017

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Khanna S, Chaudhary D. Unusual cause of abdominal pain.Saudi J Gastroenterol 2008;14:46-47

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A 20-year-old male patient presented to the emergency department with severe, constant abdominal pain of 5-day duration without any radiation, vomiting or obstipation. There was no history of alcohol or drug intake, trauma, fever or diarrhea. The patient was non-diabetic and non-hypertensive with no history of sexual contact. On examination, he had tachycardia. There was no tenderness, guarding or rigidity over the abdomen. His blood chemistry was normal.

A plain X-ray of the abdomen was taken [Figure 1]. The patient had not undergone any contrast studies. Subsequently, a colonoscopy was performed [Figure 2]. He was continued on laxatives; 2 days after the colonoscopy, the patient was pain-free.

 What is the Diagnosis ?

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Colon impaction with pebbles - geophagia.

Multiple small stones are seen in the colon. On further history-taking, the patient admitted that he had a habit of ingesting pebbles.