Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  2004 Mar;28(3):118-122.

A Gastric Foreign Body Incidentally Diagnosed by a Follow-up Abdominal Computed Tomography for Hepatoma

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. hanyoseb@dreamwiz.com


Foreign bodies in the stomach usually are accidentally swallowed and rarely produce symptoms. For diagnosis, suspicion and report of related history with abdominal symptoms are important. Simple radiographs and endoscopy easily identify foreign objects. Abdominal computed tomography may be useful in some cases, although it is not essential. We experienced a case of a gastric foreign body incidentally diagnosed by a follow-up abdominal computed tomography (CT) for hepatoma. A 53-year-old male with B viral liver cirrhosis and hepatoma, visited our hospital for a routine follow-up check of hepatoma. He had a symptom of epigastric discomfort for two weeks. An abdominal CT showed a foreign body penetrating the stomach wall, and it was successfully removed endoscopically.


Gastric foreign body; Abdominal computed tomography; Endoscopic removal
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