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J Emerg Med. 2016 Jan;50(1):99-103. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2015.07.022. Epub 2015 Sep 26.

Point-of-care Ultrasound: A New Tool for the Identification of Gastric Foreign Bodies in Children?

Author information

1
Divisions of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Department of Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.
2
Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
3
Emergency Ultrasound, Department of Emergency Medicine, Cook County (Stroger) Hospital, Chicago, Illinois; Emergency Medicine, Rush College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has been used to identify ingested gastric foreign bodies. Our aim was to describe the sonographic findings of radiopaque and radiolucent gastric foreign bodies (FBs) in children.

CASE REPORT:

Three children ingested different FBs. Two were confirmed with standard radiographs, one was not identified radiographically but was passed in the stool. All three objects were initially found in the stomach using POCUS. WHY SHOULD AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN BE AWARE OF THIS?: With increased training and comfort, emergency physicians may begin to use POCUS for identification and monitoring of ingested FBs in the pediatric population.

KEYWORDS:

foreign body; gastric; ingestion; pediatrics; ultrasound

PMID:
26409678
DOI:
10.1016/j.jemermed.2015.07.022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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