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Nail injury to the abdomen - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Abdominal Pain
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Doctor :   Hi
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How can I help you?
User :   Ok, to cut a long story short me and my friend were hanging out in our garage. (he's 14) anyways, to cut a long story short, he fell on a nail. (right side, XXXXXXXX level) it went about three inches in, but had on about the width of a needle. (in fact, I think it might have been a 3 inch needle) anyways, to cut a long story short, he's at the hospital right now. but they wont' tell me anything, and I can't get ahold of his family. I am just wondering.

1) Is it likely he punctured his intestine?
2) If he DID puncture his intestine, would he need surgery? (even though it was only the width of a needle?)
3) If he DOES need surgery, how long will he be IN the hospital for.


P.S. his waist is about 32 in., if that helps.
Doctor :  
Let me read it
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I understood
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The 3 inch nail is certainly long enough to puncture the internal abdominal wall
Doctor :  
But I cannot say if it had punctured the intestine actually though it length can happen
Doctor :  
The width is too small to cause any complications
User :   it was a nail size, though
User :   ?
Doctor :  
You said the length is 3 inches
User :   yes, but a nail is still rather thick, no?
Doctor :   yes

User :   and it still wouldn't cause complications?
Doctor :  
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It cannot but the chances of intestinal puncture is there though he many not need a surgery to repair it
Doctor :  
if the width is really needle like

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