Foreign Body Ingestion and Management in Children

Salmon H., Koca T. G., Dereci S., AKÇAM M.

PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY CARE, vol.38, no.11, pp.617-620, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/pec.0000000000002856
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.617-620
  • Keywords: endoscopy, coins, esophagus, foreign body, BODIES
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


Objective The aim of the study is to evaluate of the children who came to our hospital with the complaint of foreign body (FB) ingestion and were treated. Methods A retrospective evaluation was made of the records of children who presented at our institution between January 2014 and August 2021 with the complaint of FB ingestion. Results Evaluation was made of 297 children, comprising 121 female children (40.7%) with a mean age of 61.1 +/- 50.3 months (range, 4-202 months). The ingested FB most frequently was coins (n = 88, 29.6%). The most common complaint on presentation was vomiting in 47 cases (15.8%). Endoscopy was applied to 75 cases (25.3%), and most common FB was removed from the upper esophagus in 31 cases (41.3%). The most frequently removed FB was coins at the rate of 40%. Of the 211 cases left to a spontaneous course, 117 were in the intestines, 22 in the stomach, and in 72 cases localization could not be determined on conventional radiography as the FB was not opaque. In 7 cases with a bolus of food caught in the esophagus, 3 had corrosive esophagus stricture (1 case with colon transposition), 2 had operated esophagus atresia, 1 had eosinophilic esophagitis, and 1 had congenital esophagus stricture. Conclusions Although there can be serious outcomes, there is spontaneous expulsion in most cases. However, a significant proportion requires a timely endoscopic procedure. Attention must be paid to underlying diseases when FBs, such as a food bolus, are in the esophagus.