Caustic ingestion and foreign bodies in the gastrointestinal system

Curr Opin Pediatr. 1998 Oct;10(5):516-22. doi: 10.1097/00008480-199810000-00012.


Infants and young children commonly explore their environment by placing objects in their mouth. Although accidental ingestion can happen in older children and adolescents, recurrent foreign body ingestion is usually seen in mentally retarded and psychiatric patients. These patients present the primary care physician with a challenge of distinguishing these patients who require intervention from the majority who need observation only.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Burns, Chemical / diagnosis
  • Burns, Chemical / therapy*
  • Caustics / adverse effects*
  • Child
  • Digestive System* / injuries
  • Esophagus / injuries
  • Foreign Bodies*
  • Humans


  • Caustics