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

Published:September 13, 2013DOI:



      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.


      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.


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


      To read this article in full you will need to make a payment

      Purchase one-time access:

      Academic & Personal: 24 hour online accessCorporate R&D Professionals: 24 hour online access
      One-time access price info
      • For academic or personal research use, select 'Academic and Personal'
      • For corporate R&D use, select 'Corporate R&D Professionals'


      Subscribe to Clinical Imaging
      Already a print subscriber? Claim online access
      Already an online subscriber? Sign in
      Institutional Access: Sign in to ScienceDirect


      1. Conners GP. Foreign body ingestions: managing the vast array of objects children swallow. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice [serial on the Internet]. 2005 Jun [cited 2012 January 29]; 2(6):[about 20 p.]. Available from:

        • Spina P.
        • Minniti S.
        • Bragheri R.
        Usefulness of ultrasonography in gastric foreign body retention.
        Pediatr Radiol. 2000; 30: 840-841
        • Uyemura M.C.
        Foreign body ingestion in children.
        Am Fam Physician. 2005; 72: 287-291
        • Melek M.
        • Cobanoglu U.
        • Bilici S.
        • Beger B.
        • Kizilyidiz B.S.
        • Melek Y.
        Management and treatment of foreign bodies ingestion in childhood.
        East J Med. 2011; 16: 194-198
        • Hunter T.B.
        • Taljanovic M.S.
        Foreign bodies.
        Radiographics. 2003; 23: 731-757
        • Piotto L.
        • Gent R.
        • Kirby C.P.
        • Morris L.L.
        Preoperative use of ultrasonography to localize an ingested foreign body.
        Pediatr Radiol. 2009; 39: 299-301
        • Chau W.K.
        • Lai K.H.
        • Lo K.J.
        Sonographic findings of intraabdominal foreign bodies due to retained gauze.
        Gastrointest Radiol. 1984; 9: 61-63
        • Gooding G.A.W.
        Ultrasonography of foreign bodies.
        WJM. 1994; 160: 455
        • Graham D.D.
        Ultrasound in the emergency department: detection of wooden foreign bodies in the soft tissues.
        J Emerg Med. 2002; 22: 75-79
        • Suri A.
        • Singh K.J.
        • Nagpal B.M.
        • Satija L.
        • Debnath J.
        • Sahni L.
        Foreign body needles in liver and abdominal wall.
        MJAFI. 2000; 56: 250-251
        • Coulier B.
        Diagnostic ultrasonography of perforating foreign bodies of the digestive tract.
        J Belge Radiol. 1997; 80: 1-5
        • Drakonaki E.
        • Chatzioannou M.
        • Spiridakis K.
        • Panagiotakis G.
        Acute abdomen caused by a small bowel perforation due to a clinically unsuspected fish bone.
        Diagn Interv Radiol. 2011; 17: 160-162
        • Rioux M.
        • Langis P.
        Sonographic detection of clinically unsuspected swallowed toothpicks and their gastrointestinal complications.
        J Clin Ultrasound. 1994; 22: 483-490
        • Moorjani V.
        • Wong C.
        • Lam A.
        Ingested foreign body mimicking an appendicolith in a child.
        Br J Radiol. 2006; 79: 173-174