Neglected foreign body in lower oesophagus with an unusual presentation- “A case report”

I Jahan1, K Rokonuddin2, L Parveen3, MR Amin4

Introduction
Foreign body ingestion in children is a known health
hazard. The real incidence of foreign body ingestion
in children is unknown. Data are largely anecdotal.1
An estimated 1500 deaths occur annually from
foreign bodies in the upper GI tract.2 Presentations
of GI foreign body in patient vary in age with subtle
or chronic findings. Most of the literature covering
GI foreign bodies is anecdotal, with the exception of
some recent studies on esophageal foreign body
removal techniques.2 It is usually seen in children
and infants who while playing with small objects,
accidently swallow foreign body. We report a case of
neglected foreign body in lower oesophagus which
was diagnosed accidentally.
Children account for 75-80% of patients with foreign
bodies in the upper GI tract, with a preponderance
at age 18-48 months.3,4 In children with swallowed
foreign bodies, the incidence in male and female is
equal.5,6

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