APPENDIX - Embedded intrauterine device

The specimen shows an appendix which is probably approximately 10 cm long, with an intrauterine device embedded in the wall. The string of the device is adherent to the serosal surface of the appendix.
Some 12 months before the appendix was removed, the patient had an intrauterine device inserted; within 24 hours she had abdominal pain and an X-ray showed that the device was outside the uterus. She had no further trouble; it was decided to remove the device and at laparotomy it was found embedded in the appendix. The colour of the specimen is doubtless due to the fact that it contains copper.