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Ingested Foreign Body Imaging Using Point-of-Care Ultrasonography

A Case Series

Kozaci, Nalan MD*; Avci, Mustafa MD*; Pinarbasili, Tansu MD; Dönertaş, Eda MD*; Karaca, Adeviyye MD*

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

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001971
Ultrasound Case Review

The ingestion of foreign bodies is a common problem in the pediatric population. Emergent treatment of ingested foreign bodies is dependent on the type of foreign body ingested, patient symptoms, timing of ingestion, and the location of the foreign body. Although X-ray and computed tomography are the imaging techniques used most often to assess for foreign bodies, ultrasonography, which lacks ionizing radiation, may also be useful. This case series describes 8 cases of gastrointestinal tract foreign bodies and the utility of point-of-care ultrasonography for their real-time evaluation.

From the *Department of Emergency Medicine

Department of Radiology, University of Health Science, Antalya Education and Research Hospital, Antalya, Turkey.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Mustafa Avci, MD, University of Health Science, Antalya Education and Research Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine, Antalya, Turkey (e-mail:

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