Zlatko Djurić, Milan Bojanović, Ivana Budić, Jelisaveta Maksimović

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We performed a retrospective analysis of all records of children with ingested foreign bodies presented to Clinical Center of Niš Pediatric Clinic and Pediatric Surgery and Orthopedics Clinic in the period from January 2014 to June 2017. The most commonly detected foreign bodies were: metal coins (7) followed by hairclips (2), metal key (1), trichobezoar (1) magnets (1) button battery (1) and zipper puller (1). Regarding anatomical location, foreign bodies were most frequently found in stomach (in 11 patients) followed by esophagus (in 2 patients) and jejunum (in 1 patient). In the majority of our patients (7) foreign bodies passed out of gastrointestinal tract spontaneously. Endoscopic foreign body removal was performed in 5 cases while surgery as a sole therapeutic action was done in 1 patient. In one child multiple magnets were removed from the stomach performing both endoscopic and surgical interventions. Teamwork of a gastroenterologist and a surgeon is crucial for optimizing therapeutic options for each individual patient. Public awareness of this problem and education of parents should be increased to a higher level in order to prevent cases of foreign bodies ingestion in children.


foreign body, endoscopic, removal, surgery, experience

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