Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  1990 Nov;10(2):305-315.

The Foreign Bodies in the upper Gastrointestinal Tract Diagnosed by Endoscopy

Abstract

The foreign bodies in the upper GI tract are produced chiefly by accidental swallowing and rarely produce symptoms. But it is recommended to remove the foreign bodies if they produce symptoms or retained in GI tract for long duration, and if they have the possibilities of producing complications. Nowadays the development of therapeutic endoscopy enables the removal of the foreign bodies easily. We have reviewed 88 cases of foreign bodies diagnosed by endoscopy from January, 1980 to July 1990 and had the following results. 1) The most common foreign bodies were coins and bezoars, common with the ages under 10 years and over 50 years. 2) The foreign bodies were found in the upper gastrointestinal tract in the order of stomach, esophagus and duodenum. 3) The esophageal stricture especially by lye was the most common underlying cause of upper gastrointestinal foreign bodies. 4) The symptoms and complications were more common with esophageal foreign bodies. 5) By therapeutic endoscopy, the success rate for removal of foreign bodies was 98%.


MeSH Terms

Bezoars
Deglutition
Duodenum
Endoscopy*
Esophageal Stenosis
Esophagus
Foreign Bodies*
Gastrointestinal Tract
Lye
Numismatics
Stomach
Upper Gastrointestinal Tract*
Lye
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