Foreign body in the abdomen
© Springer-Verlag London Ltd 2009
Received: 28 March 2009
Accepted: 29 November 2009
Published: 18 May 2010
Accidental foreign body ingestion in the gastrointestinal system occurs more frequently in childhood than in adulthood. Oral dental implants, bezoars, chicken/fish bones, packages of medications and drugs are among the other foreign bodies commonly seen to be swallowed . When dealing with the intestinal foreign body ingestion, location and the characteristics of the foreign body have a great impact in terms of management. Early endoscopic intervention, in general, may be required and applied for objects wider than 2 cm and longer than 5 cm, since their passage through the pylorus and duodenum will become rather difficult . Once the foreign body passes beyond the pylorus and ileocaecal valve, it will be easily removed out of the lumen . Intestinal foreign body retention will not reveal any symptoms as long as the object does not cause any intestinal obstruction or perforation. The patient should be monitored on outpatient policlinic follow-up and be informed to return to the hospital in case of acute abdominal pain caused by intestinal obstruction or perforation.
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