After reaching the stomach, a foreign body has greater
than a 90% chance of passage. Coins reaching the
stomach are very likely to pass into the small bowel.
Objects larger than 2 cm in diameter are...
Psychiatric patients may swallow a wide variety of objects, including multiple objects, large objects, and bizarre items.
The treatment of patients with suspected radiopaque
foreign bodies is usually...
The esophagus is a tubular structure approximately 20-25
cm in length. Patients can usually localize foreign bodies in
the upper esophagus but localize them poorly in the lower
two thirds of the structure....
Multiple Foreign bodies in the GI tract
At the left of the image are plastic syringes that were
swallowed during hospitalization in a psychiatric hospital.
The image below is a pvc pipe fitting, also...
Gastrointestinal (GI) foreign bodies present a diverse set
of challenges to the emergency physician. Presentations
range from the obvious to the occult, from the mundane to
the bizarre, and from the...
Children account for about 80% of cases of ingested
foreign bodies and tend to ingest coins, toys, and other
small objects left within their reach. Adult patients at
highest risk include psychiatric...
Ingested foreign bodies frequently become lodged in the
esophagus, often requiring urgent removal. Much more
rarely, objects fail to pass the pylorus or the ileocecal
valve. More than 80% of ingested...
Rectal foreign bodies are usually the result of sexual
misadventure or assault, although occasionally a patient
will present with an ingested foreign body, such as an
animal bone, that passes through...