Multiple Foreign bodies entrapped at Duodenal Web

Aditya Pratap Singh; Ramesh Tanger; Dinesh Kumar Barolia; Arun Kumar Gupta; Sunil Kumar Mehra

Department of Pediatric Surgery, SMS Medical College Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Correspondence: Address for Correspondence:Dr. Aditya Pratap Singh, Senior Resident, Department of Pediatric Surgery, SMS Medical College Jaipur, Rajasthan, India E-mail:

Received: 2017 March 14; Accepted: 2017 March 29

APSP J Case Rep. 2017 May 1; 8(3): 22
doi: 10.21699/ajcr.v8i3.578


Copyright © 2017 Singh et al

Dear Sir,

Duodenal web with a small aperture usually presents late with bilious or non-bilious vomiting that exacerbates on starting proper weaning food. We report a case of duodenal web in a child where on exploration multiple foreign bodies (FBs) were found entrapped in the duodenum.

An 18-month-old male infant presented with intermittent non-bilious vomiting with pain abdomen for last six months. There was history of localized abdominal distension which gets relieved partially, with vomiting. Patient was born at full term and had no previous medical or surgical history. On examination, patient's weight was 8.8 kg. Biochemical profile was normal. X-ray abdomen revealed gastric distension with paucity of gas in rest of abdomen. In upper GI study, stomach and duodenum were distended with narrowing of the 2rd part of the duodenum with passage of the contrast distally, suggestive of the perforated duodenal web (Fig.1). At laparotomy, duodenotomy revealed a web with a pin point hole in the center. Multiple FBs were present in the duodenum. The web was excised and the foreign bodies were retrieved (Fig.2). The foreign bodies were mostly buttons, seeds and diamonds. Postoperative period was uneventful.

[Figure ID: F1] Figure 1: Showed contrast study indicative of partial duodenal obstruction.

[Figure ID: F2] Figure 2: Showed retrieved foreign bodies.

Congenital duodenal obstructions might be complete or partial and can be classified as either intrinsic or extrinsic. The intrinsic lesions include primarily duodenal atresia or web.[1,2] Duodenal webs may present late with features of partial duodenal obstruction; delay in presentation depends upon size of the aperture of duodenal web. Bigger apertures may even delay its diagnosis until adulthood.[3] Vomiting may get exacerbated when weaning is introduced. In our case, the presentation was a bit delayed but entrapment of multiple FBs made it interesting.


Source of Support: Nil

Conflict of Interest: None declared

1. Beeks A, Gosche J, Giles H, Nowicki M. Endoscopic dilation and partial resection of a duodenal web in an infant. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2009; 48:378-81.
2. Melek M, Edirne Y-E. Two cases of duodenal obstruction due to a congenital web. World J Gastroenterol. 2008;14:1305-7.
3. Madura JA, Goulet RJ, Wahle DT. Duodenal webs in the adult. Am Surg. 1991;57:607-14.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2017 Singh et al,

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

ISSN: 2218-8185

We are now in process to use new version of Open Journal System. Submission are now open on our new website. Please CLICK HERE to divert to our new manuscript management system. You are required to register an author account before making any submission.