Which clinical history findings suggest pediatric foreign body ingestion?

Updated: Oct 04, 2018
  • Author: Gregory P Conners, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAP, FACEP; Chief Editor: Dale W Steele, MD, MS  more...
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  • Children commonly come to medical attention after a caregiver witnesses the ingestion of a foreign body or after a child reports an ingestion to a caregiver.

  • Alternatively, the child may present because of signs or symptoms of a complication of ingestion.

  • Occasionally, the caregiver discovers a foreign body that has passed in the stool and brings the child in for evaluation.

  • Children with significant complications of foreign body ingestion may be initially asymptomatic.

  • Children may have vague symptoms that do not immediately suggest foreign body ingestion.

  • When caring for children, always keep the possibility of foreign body ingestion in mind.

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