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Another Useful Application of Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Detection of Esophageal Foreign Bodies in Pediatric Patients

Mori, Takaaki, MD, MSc; Nomura, Osamu, MD, PhD; Hagiwara, Yusuke, MD, MPH

Section Editor(s): Deanehan, J. Kate MD, RDMS; Associate Editor

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001729
Ultrasound Case Review

Foreign body ingestion is a common pediatric complaint. Esophageal foreign body (EFB) requires early diagnosis and emergency removal of the object. We report 3 cases of EFB detected by point-of-care ultrasound demonstrating characteristic sonographic findings. Point-of-care ultrasound can be a potentially useful modality for identifying EFB.

From the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Takaaki Mori, MD, MSc, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center, 2-8-29 Musashidai, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo, Japan 183-8561 (e-mail: frf_03_underworld@hotmail.com).

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