Another Useful Application of Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Detection of Esophageal Foreign Bodies in Pediatric Patients

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2019 Feb;35(2):154-156. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001729.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Esophagoscopy / methods
  • Esophagus / diagnostic imaging*
  • Esophagus / injuries
  • Esophagus / surgery
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging*
  • Foreign Bodies / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Ultrasonography / methods*