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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 452-455

Ingested foreign bodies in children: A report of two cases

Department of General Surgery, Padm. Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Somnath Gooptu
Department of General Surgery, Padm. Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.148148

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Introduction: Accidental foreign body ingestion and impaction of food bolus present as an emergency. Pediatric population is the most vulnerable. Since the act may go unnoticed, the child may present late. However, most foreign bodies pass spontaneously in the stools. Case Capsule: Two children were brought with history of battery ingestion. In one case, an emergency gastro intestinal endoscopy had to be done for the foreign body removal which was made up of corroded battery. In the other case, no interventation was undertaken & an uncorroded battery passed per anum along with stools after 15 days of ingestion. Conclusion: Decision regarding immediate intervention or conservative approach will require consideration of the level of lodgement & type of foreign body. Prevention is possible if parents/ guardians exercise control on their wards & are aware of implications of such an event.

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