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Acute scrotum as a complication of Thiersch operation for rectal prolapse in a child

Mohammad M Saleem and Hashem Al-Momani*

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatric Surgery, Jordan University Hospital P.O. Box 13546, Amman 11942, Jordan

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BMC Surgery 2006, 6:19  doi:10.1186/1471-2482-6-19

Published: 28 December 2006

Abstract

Background

We report a case of acute scrotal condition that presented in a four year old male child one year after being treated for an idiopathic rectal prolapse utilizing Thiersch wire.

Case presentation

The acute scrotum had resulted from spreading perianal infection due to erosion of the circlage wire. The condition was treated with antibiotics and removal of the wire. The child made an uneventful recovery.

Conclusion

This case highlights that patients with Thiersch wire should be followed until the wire is removed. Awareness of anal lesions as a cause of acute scrotal conditions, and history and physical examination are emphasized.