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String can be ingested in several ways but the most common  cause for ingestion will be rope toys.  Thread or yarn will also be threats.  If a long, continuous piece of string is ingested, it can have life threatening results.  As the string works its way through the intestines, it can get stuck and then pull on the string that is working its way down the intestinal tract.  This will cause an accordian effect on the intestines, drawing them into a tight ball.  The drawing tight of the tissue can cause lacerations and permanent damage.  To make the situations worse, X-rays will not show the problem.  Only a barium series will show that the damage that is being done.  If this situation has presented, surgery will be the option to repair it.  Symptoms can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominal Rigidity