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...
The prothesis was a successful management endoscopically
Observe at the right of the dental bridge has a sharp edge.
The typical cause of swallowed GI foreign bodies is accidental.
To be considered:...
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....
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...
The most common cause of GI foreign bodies in adults
involves food that does not pass through the esophagus
because of underlying mechanical problems. In adults,
accidental swallowing involves toothpicks,...
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...
Abdominal Rx suggest that this foreign body is located immediately after the Treitz angle.
Sharp objects should be retrieved from the stomach because 15 to 35% will cause intestinal perforation, but...
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...
A close up of this ingested dental prothesis
Most foreign objects that have passed into the small
intestine usually traverse the GI tract without problem,
even if they take weeks or months to do so....
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...
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...
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...
Fistula-In-Ano: External opening of fistulus tract is apparent in
photo above. Proximal opening would be at level of crypts,
within the anal canal. Fistulas are frequently associated with
An anal fistula usually lasts until it is surgically removed.
The fistula tract must be opened along with the source of
the infection. Usually, tissue around the external opening
and the internal opening...
This 63 year-old woman, inadvertently ingested her dental bridge at midnight, 12 hours later ask for medical assistance, a plain abdominal Rx suggest that this foreign body is located immediately after...