String Foreign BodyArcher Howells, a one year old male, neutered DSH, presented to The Village Vets - Decatur with a complaint of vomiting after possibly ingesting a string the previous night. Examination revealed a mildly lethargic cat with pain on palpation of the abdomen. Xrays were taken of his abdomen and revealed the small intestines to be tightly "bunched" together, a possible indication of a string foreign body. Archer was hospitalized and placed on intravenous fluids to correct dehydration before performing emergency surgery to remove the possible string foreign body.
After Archer was sedated, a string was noted around the base of his tongue, which can be a common occurrence with string ingestion in cats. The string was cut and Archer was taken to surgery. During surgery, Archer's small intestines were found to be "bunched" from the body trying to pass the string unsuccessfully, given that it was still anchored to the tongue. In order to remove the string. eight enterotomies (or incisions into the intestines) were performed. Removing the string from one incision was not possible without perforating (or rupturing) the intestines.
Archer spent one day in the hospital before "demanding" to be sent home.