Ingested marble

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Pre-school child following ingestion of a foreign body.

Patient Data

Age: 5
Gender: Male

The round foreign body is shown over 4 days progressing from the oseophagus, but not exiting the stomach.


Endoscopic view of a marble in the stomach.


Case Discussion

Foreign body ingestion in children is common.

Radiographs are often used to identify the foreign body and observe its excretion from the GI tract.

In this case the foreign body - a marble - was too large to exit the pylorus of the stomach.

The marble was retrieved endoscopically with a spiral basket.


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Case information

rID: 27709
Published: 27th Feb 2014
Last edited: 1st Jun 2017
System: Paediatrics
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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