Imaging of eggshells and eggs in the gastrointestinal tract: pictorial essay


      • Eggshells are widely used as a dietary calcium supplement.
      • They are ingested in the natural form or as powdered product.
      • -These substances are radiopaque and visible on imaging studies.
      • -Their appearance on radiographs and CT of the abdomen is illustrated.
      • -Intra-rectal insertion of eggs for relief of pelvic pain is also presented.


      Ingestion of eggshell in its natural form or as ground and powdered product has become a popular means of dietary calcium supplementation in adults. These substances appear as conspicuous radiopaque material within the gastrointestinal tract on radiographs or computed tomography of the abdomen. The ingested eggshell fragments are usually visible as curvilinear structures on profile view, whereas the ground or powdered eggshells appear as granular densities.
      This article illustrates the spectrum of findings that are observed following eggshell ingestion by patients undergoing radiological evaluation for various unrelated medical conditions. Potential complications of eggshell consumption are discussed, and two cases of intra-rectal egg insertion for palliative relief of pelvic pain are presented.


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