Foreign body ingestion

Case contributed by Dr Hani Salam


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Patient Data

Age: Child
Gender: Male

Chest and abdominal x-rays

Chest x-ray demonstrates a metallic foreign body in the oesophagus without evidence of perforation. 

Abdominal x-ray demonstrates a rounded metallic pellet in the right iliac fossa. 

Case Discussion

Children, for some reason, seem fascinated by objects they can swallow. Many of these are radiolucent and therefore do not offer the opportunity for interesting x-rays. Metallic foreign bodies however do allow radiologists to try and work out what the item is. This goes to show just how dull we are. 

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Case information

rID: 9310
Published: 3rd Apr 2010
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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