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Ingested foreign bodies and food impactions in adults

Author
George Triadafilopoulos, MD
Section Editor
John R Saltzman, MD, FACP, FACG, FASGE, AGAF
Deputy Editor
Anne C Travis, MD, MSc, FACG, AGAF

INTRODUCTION

Accidental foreign body or large food bolus ingestion occurs primarily in children and in edentulous or mentally impaired older adults. Food (typically meat) bolus impaction above a pre-existing esophageal stricture or ring is by far the most common cause of esophageal body obstruction in adults; by comparison, the majority of foreign bodies in children (76 percent in one large series) are coins [1]. Other causes include intentional ingestion in psychiatric patients or prison inmates [2-4] and, rarely, foreign body impaction as a complication of pill ingestion [5,6].

Common foreign body ingestions include [7]:

Fish and chicken bones

Medication packaging

Dentures

                           

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