The presence of a foreign body in the gastrointestinal tract constitutes a common pathology, considering surgical clinical practice. The management of the ingestion of a foreign body depends on many factors. The study presented a case of a 33-year-old female patient subjected to surgical treatment, due to deliberate swallowing of a balloon. The above-mentioned was the amateur equivalent of intragastric balloon insertion, inducing weight loss. This is a rare cause of a foreign body ingestion, seldomly found in literature data. The patient reported to the Emergency Department on the second day after ingestion with symptoms of mechanical subobstruction, and after initial diagnostics, was qualified for surgery. The postoperative period proved uneventful. The study illustrated the often unfavourable access to false data on the internet, which may stimulate towards the above-mentioned behaviour.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.