Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  1987 Nov;7(1):1-4.

A Clinical Review of the Endoscopic Removal of 15 Cases of Foreign Bodies in the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract


The clinical review was done on 15 cases with the foreign body in the upper gastrointestinal tract who visited and underwent endoscopic removal of foreign body at department of lnternal Medicine of Chonnam University Hospital and Namkwang Hospital from June 1982 to August 1987. The results are as follows: 1) The age distribution varied from 32 yeara to 83 years of age, being most prevalent at 6th decade, The ratio between male and femaie was 4:1, more prevelant in male. 2} Among 15 eases, 8 cases were lodged in the esophagus and 7 cases in the stomach. The foreign bodies in the esophagus were meat, pressure-through package, food materials and bone in order of frequency and those in the stomach were bezoar, persimmon seed, brown seaweed, tooth brush and suture materials. 3) Cambined diseases of upper gastrointetinal passage disturbance were 1 case of esophageal cancer and 3 cases of gastric outlet obstruction caueed by duodenal ulcers and gastric malignancy. Other combined diseases were schizophrenia, chronic alcoholism, diabetes mellitus and gastrie polyp. 4) Complications by foreign body were retropharyngeal abscess and phlegmonous esophagitis with esophageal ulcer.

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