Ingested Foreign Body Treatment
Most swallowed foreign bodies pass through the esophagus, stomach, and intestines without treatment. Treatment for a swallowed foreign body may include waiting for the object to pass, or removing the object. Occasionally, surgery is required to remove the object.
Treatment for a swallowed foreign body may include:
- Observation: waiting for the object to pass
- Endoscopy for a swallowed foreign body
- A flexible scope is used to remove the object from the esophagus, stomach, or the first part of the intestine.
- Surgery for a swallowed foreign body:
- May be necessary, in order to remove a sharp or large object from the intestine
Additional medications may be used to relax the esophagus, so that a foreign body may pass into the stomach and ultimately pass through the intestine.
Additional medications used for esophageal foreign bodies include:
Ingested Foreign Body Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of swallowed foreign body?
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?
Ingested Foreign Body Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a swallowed foreign body:
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