A 64-year-old female with a history of hypertension, obesity and hyperlipidemia presented to the Gastroenterology clinic with fatigue. Laboratory workup was consistent with iron-deficiency anemia, supported by low mean corpuscular volume and low ferritin. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and colonoscopy were scheduled. EGD revealed two sessile polyps in the body of the stomach and the biopsy was consistent with well-differentiated grade 1 neuroendocrine tumor. Colonoscopy was performed and on intubation of the cecum a unique incidental foreign body was seen in the appendiceal orifice (Fig. 1). The foreign body was successfully removed with the use of a rat tooth forceps. The foreign body was identified to be a piece of a “spork” (Fig. 2), and patient had no recollection of its ingestion.
Figure 1 A unique incidental foreign body was seen in the appendiceal orifice
Figure 2 The foreign body was identified to be a piece of a “spork”
Ingestion of a foreign body in healthy adults is unusual and usually accidental. Risk factors for intentional foreign body ingestion include developmental delay, alcohol intoxication, incarceration and psychiatric illness . Accidentally ingested foreign bodies usually go undetected and pass without any incidents. However, up to 20% require endoscopic removal . Endoscopic removal of a foreign body is indicated if it is greater than 6 cm in length and 2.5 cm in diameter . A foreign body in the appendiceal orifice or cecum may cause obstruction and could lead to subsequent acute appendicitis and perforation, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality.