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Is ultrasound useful in detection and follow-up of gastric foreign bodies in children?

Published:September 13, 2013DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinimag.2013.08.004

      Abstract

      Objective

      The objective was to show potential value of ultrasound in detection and follow-up of gastric foreign bodies.

      Material and methods

      Medical records of 18 children with gastric foreign bodies were evaluated retrospectively.

      Results

      The following gastric foreign bodies were identified: eight coins, five button batteries, domino, lollipop stick, hairclip, screw nut, and small plastic cylinders. All were confirmed by ultrasound. The batteries, domino, and two coins were removed endoscopically, the screw nut was removed surgically, while the rest were recovered in the stool.

      Conclusions

      Ultrasound examination of water-filled stomach can be useful in diagnostic workup of gastric foreign bodies in children, especially radiolucent ones.

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