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Clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of aerodigestive tract foreign bodies in the adult population: Part 1.

Authors
  • Mathew, Rishi P1
  • Sarasamma, Sreekutty1
  • Jose, Merin1
  • Toms, Ajith1
  • Jayaram, Vinayak1
  • Patel, Vimal2
  • Low, Gavin2
  • 1 Department of Radiology, Faculty of Radiology, Rajagiri Hospital, Aluva, India. , (India)
  • 2 Department of Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada. , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
SA journal of radiology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
Volume
25
Issue
1
Pages
2022–2022
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4102/sajr.v25i1.2022
PMID: 33936794
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the adult population, foreign bodies may be accidentally or intentionally ingested or even inserted into a body cavity. The majority of accidentally ingested foreign bodies pass through the alimentary tract without any complications and rarely require intervention. Accidentally ingested foreign bodies are usually fish bones, bones of other animals, and dentures. Oesophageal food impaction is the commonest cause of oesophageal foreign bodies in the Western hemisphere. Intentionally ingested foreign bodies may be organic or inorganic, and often require intervention; these patients have either underlying psychological or mental disease or are involved in illegal activities such as body packing, which involves trafficking narcotics. Imaging plays a crucial role in not only identifying the type, number and location of the foreign body but also in excluding any complications. In this comprehensive pictorial review, we provide an overview of the spectrum of foreign bodies ingested in adults, emphasising the role of various imaging modalities, their limitations and common foreign body mimickers on imaging. © 2021. The Authors.

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