Emergency endoscopic management of dietary foreign bodies in the esophagus

Hsuan Hwai Lin, Shih Chun Lee, Heng Cheng Chu, Wei Kuo Chang, You Chen Chao, Tsai Yuan Hsieh

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Objective: We report our experience of endoscopy in the emergency management of dietary foreign bodies. Methods: One hundred thirty-six patients were admitted to the emergency department (ED) between January 1997 and October 2006 for the endoscopic removal of esophageal dietary foreign bodies. They had a mean age of 47.7 years, and 91 (67%) were women. Results: Most of the ingested materials (98.5%) were successfully extracted using either flexible or rigid endoscope. The objects most frequently ingested were fish bones (48%) and chicken bones (46%). Most of the objects (84%) were lodged in the upper esophagus. Two patients with irretrievable foreign bodies or complicated perforations were taken to surgery. Conclusion: Because most of these foreign bodies lodged in the upper esophagus, physicians should take care of this area to avoid secondary injury or complications, especially with sharp bones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)662-665
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Fishes
Physicians
Wounds and Injuries

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Emergency endoscopic management of dietary foreign bodies in the esophagus. / Lin, Hsuan Hwai; Lee, Shih Chun; Chu, Heng Cheng; Chang, Wei Kuo; Chao, You Chen; Hsieh, Tsai Yuan.

In: American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Vol. 25, No. 6, 01.07.2007, p. 662-665.

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Lin, Hsuan Hwai ; Lee, Shih Chun ; Chu, Heng Cheng ; Chang, Wei Kuo ; Chao, You Chen ; Hsieh, Tsai Yuan. / Emergency endoscopic management of dietary foreign bodies in the esophagus. In: American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2007 ; Vol. 25, No. 6. pp. 662-665.
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