Endoscopic management of foreign bodies in the upper gastrointestinal tract: A review

Choichi Sugawa, Hiromi Ono, Mona Taleb, Charles E Lucas
World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2014 October 16, 6 (10): 475-81
Foreign body ingestion is a common condition, especially among children who represent 80% of these emergencies. The most frequently ingested foreign bodies in children are coins, toys, magnets and batteries. Most foreign body ingestions in adults occur while eating, leading to either bone or meat bolus impaction. Flexible endoscopy is the therapeutic method of choice for relieving food impaction and removing true foreign bodies with a success rate of over 95% and with minimal complications. This review describes a comprehensive approach towards patients presenting with foreign body ingestion. Recommendations are based on a review of the literature and extensive personal experience.

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