Images in medicine | Volume 35, Article 96, 01 Apr 2020 | 10.11604/pamj.2020.35.96.21356

Foreign bodies ingestion

Danilo Coco, Silvana Leanza

Corresponding author: Danilo Coco, Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord, Pesaro, Italy

Received: 19 Dec 2019 - Accepted: 14 Jan 2020 - Published: 01 Apr 2020

Domain: General surgery

Keywords: Foreign bodies ingestion, key, Italy

©Danilo Coco et al. Pan African Medical Journal (ISSN: 1937-8688). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Cite this article: Danilo Coco et al. Foreign bodies ingestion. Pan African Medical Journal. 2020;35:96. [doi: 10.11604/pamj.2020.35.96.21356]

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Foreign bodies ingestion

Danilo Coco1,&, Silvana Leanza2

 

1Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord, Pesaro, Italy, 2Carlo Urbani Hospital, Jesi, Ancona, Italy

 

 

&Corresponding author
Danilo Coco, Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord, Pesaro, Italy

 

 

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Foreign body ingestion (FB) obstruction or impaction depend on the physical properties of the object, including size, shape and composition. Foreign body ingestion and food bolus impaction occur commonly. The majority of ingested foreign bodies will pass spontaneously. Pre-endoscopic series have shown that 80% or more of foreign objects will likely pass without the need for intervention. A 40-year-old Caucasian man was admitted to Emergency Room of our institution for acute abdominal pain. His past medical history was negative for previous gastrointestinal disease or surgery. He was on medical therapy for schizophrenia. He not referred any acute abdominal pain saying he has eaten a number of foreign object 6 hours before to admission. His abdominal physical examination was unremarkable. White blood tests were in normal range. Body temperature was 36.2oC. Chest X-ray was normal. Abdominal X-ray not showed free subdiaphragmatic air but but showed five thin foreign bodies like a pins and a key in right iliac fossa. The patient was referred to gastrointestinal unit only to be observed. At the 6-day follow-up, the patient was in good clinical condition, blood tests were normal, and bowel function was recovered.

 

 

Figure 1: (A) foreign bodies: brooches; (B) foreign bodies: key

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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