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Foreign body in the gastrointestinal tract

Foreign body in the gastrointestinal tract is encountered rarely on Symcat. We will add more content to this page if enough people like you show interest.

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with foreign body in the gastrointestinal tract, 48% report having difficulty in swallowing, 32% report having vomiting, and 26% report having sharp abdominal pain. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of foreign body in the gastrointestinal tract are difficulty in swallowing, vomiting blood, lump in throat, recent weight loss, incontinence of stool, and foot or toe cramps or spasms, although you may still have foreign body in the gastrointestinal tract without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with foreign body in the gastrointestinal tract often receive radiographic imaging procedure, plain x-ray, intravenous fluid replacement, nonoperative removal of foreign body, esophageal dilatation, tracheoscopy and laryngoscopy with biopsy, intubation and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy; biopsy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with foreign body in the gastrointestinal tract include glucagon, cefoxitin, charcoal, papain topical, hydrochlorothiazide / moexipril, triethanolamine polypeptide oleate otic, lidocaine-prilocaine topical, fluvoxamine (luvox) and benzocaine topical .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for foreign body in the gastrointestinal tract include age 5-14 years, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years.

Age

< 1 years
1.5x
1-4 years
4.9x
5-14 years
2.1x
15-29 years
0.4x
30-44 years
0.5x
45-59 years
0.7x
60-74 years
0.6x
75+ years
0.7x

Sex

Male
1.4x
Female
0.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
0.8x
White
1.1x
Other
0.9x
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