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RMJ. 2011; 36(2): 83-85

Surgical intervention for swallowed gastrointestinal foreign bodies in adults

Said Mohammed Jarbou.

The aim of our study was to present our experience in dealing with a group of complicated accidentally swallowed foreign bodies (FBs) that need surgical treatment.
From 2003-2008 we treated five adult patients who presented with complications after FB ingestion. These cases were dealt with in the hospitals of The Royal Medical Services in Jordan and in field.
The complications treated were perforation of bowel in two cases, intestinal obstruction two cases and migration of FB (needle) to the liver one case. The preoperative diagnosis was achieved only in the last case.
The complications of the ingested FBs increased when they were sharp, pointed or large, and because it usually happened unnoticed by the patient. Thus, preoperative diagnosis is difficult, despite the wide range of imaging methods used. Complications are usually dealt with during operation especially when the FB is radiolucent. (Rawal Med J 2011;36:83-85).

Key words: Foreign body ingestion, intestinal perforation.

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