What is included in inpatient care for 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 who require endoscopic foreign body removal are usually taken directly to the operating room or endoscopy suite or are admitted preoperatively. These patients should be given nothing by mouth (NPO) and be given glucose-containing intravenous fluids until the procedure.

  • Preprocedure radiographs to verify the location of the foreign body are recommended, as some foreign bodies may pass into the stomach while awaiting endoscopy.

  • General anesthesia often is used for endoscopic foreign body removal. However, sedation performed by experienced personnel may be successful in selected cases.

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