3D-CT diagnosis for ingested foreign bodies

Am J Emerg Med. 2000 Mar;18(2):192-3. doi: 10.1016/s0735-6757(00)90018-4.


Ingested foreign bodies can be hard to diagnose but cannot be missed. We report two cases where helical computed tomography (three-dimensional computed tomography) was used for the effective preoperative diagnosis (swallowed fish bone-induced perforation of sigmoid colon and a case of ileus caused by ingested PTP [press-through package]). Other traditional diagnostic methods could not identify the foreign bodies. Three-dimensional computed tomography is useful for the diagnosis of foreign body ingestion and should be used for the difficult cases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / etiology
  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Bone and Bones
  • Colectomy
  • Colon, Sigmoid*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Drug Packaging
  • Female
  • Fever / etiology
  • Fishes
  • Foreign Bodies / complications
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging*
  • Foreign Bodies / surgery
  • Humans
  • Ileum*
  • Inflammation
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*