Ingested marble

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Ingestion of a foreign body.

Patient Data

Age: 5 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

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

Photo

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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