Foreign bodies of the upper gastrointestinal tract

Gastrointest Endosc. 1983 Aug;29(3):208-10. doi: 10.1016/s0016-5107(83)72586-1.


This is a retrospective review of our experience with fiberendoscopic management of 40 separate episodes of foreign body ingestion. Eighteen patients swallowed a food bolus which impacted in the esophagus. Seventy-eight percent of these patients had an esophageal stenosis. Sixteen patients were involved in 22 episodes of true foreign body ingestion. Fiberendoscopic management was successful in 92% of food impactions and 76% of true foreign bodies. In our experience, fiberendoscopic removal is a safe procedure with an 83% overall success rate. It is the method of choice in the management of esophageal and gastric foreign bodies.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophageal Stenosis / complications*
  • Esophagus*
  • Food
  • Foreign Bodies / complications
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Stomach*