Foreign body - electronic cigarette

Case contributed by Dr Brian Gilcrease-Garcia


20 year old male with intellectual developmental disorder and history of swallowing foreign objects presents after swallowing a foreign object.

Patient Data

Age: 20

Initial presentation

A dense linear object overlies the region of the proximal stomach, consistent with the provided history of ingested foreign body. 


Several hours later

On a repeat radiograph, several hours later, the same object has a more obliqued anteroposterior orientation and remains overlying the proximal stomach.

The patient was taken for endoscopic retrieval.  An electronic cigarette was found in the gastric body.  It measured approximately 9 cm in length. There were white exudates at the tip of the foreign body, consistent with inflammatory mucosal response. The foreign object was successfully removed with a snare. 

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Case information

rID: 46102
Published: 21st Jun 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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