Ingested foreign body - earring

Case contributed by Leonardo Lustosa
Diagnosis certain

Presentation

Parents noticed one of the patient's earrings was missing. Asymptomatic.

Patient Data

Age: 1 year
Gender: Female
x-ray

The radiograph revealed a metallic density pointed object in keeping with an earring projecting over the right lower abdominal quadrant. No signs of obstruction or perforation.

Case Discussion

In the present case, the suspected earring ingestion was confirmed by the radiograph.

There are several possible complications of ingested sharp or pointed objects in the pediatric population (e.g. perforation).

In the present case, the patient was asymptomatic and the case was managed non-operatively. If the patient developed acute symptoms and/or signs of complications, then emergency operative treatment would be performed.

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