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Odd "artifact" in intestines

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  • Posted By: Kaljax
  • May 30, 2007
  • 05:18 PM

I went to the chiropractor for them to align my back and do xrays. In what looked to be my left side pelvic area there was a hooklike "artifact" about the size of my fingernail..maybe a little bigger. Anyway, I went back today and I was given another xray and it has moved a little. I was told I may pass it and that all of the chriopractorsd agreed that it was something in my intsetines. I will go back on Monday to my chiropractor and she said she would do another xray to see if I passed it. Should I be concerned? Does this happen often..I cannot imagine what this is as I don really like the taste of metal!:D What is going on? Should I go see someone now about this or wait until Monday for another xray? I am a 30 year old healthy woman that just went in bc my back was aching a little and now this has come about and I do not know how worried I should be.

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  • Artifact on xrays can have many sources. Something the patient swallowed, a foreign body under the skin or muscle, something inhaled etc. Then there is operator error. If the xray person mis-handles the film, s/he can leave nail marks on the film. Or there is something in the cassette....or the processor. Good luck. Any metal would show up white.
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