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Rectal Foreign Body

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 31, 2022.

After removal of your rectal foreign body (RFB), you are at risk for infection. You may also lose control of bowel movements because of damage to your rectum or anus.


Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Your healthcare provider will need to make sure the lining of your rectum has healed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have rectal or abdominal pain.
  • You cannot have a bowel movement, or you have a change in bowel movements.
  • You have mucus or blood leaking from your anus.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have large amounts of blood coming out of your anus.
  • You have severe abdominal pain with a fever and a fast heartbeat.

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