Bubble gum simulating abdominal calcifications

Pediatr Radiol. 1992;22(4):298-9. doi: 10.1007/BF02019866.


CT examination of the abdomens of two children demonstrated sites of high attenuation in the stomach, which were revealed to be bubble gum. Investigation of the CT appearance of samples of chewing gum showed that it consistently has high attenuation (178-345 HU). The attenuation of gum base, which contains calcium carbonate, was 476 HU. In addition, examination of a volunteer who had swallowed bubble gum confirmed the CT appearance.

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen*
  • Adult
  • Calcinosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Chewing Gum*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Chewing Gum