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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2019 Feb;35(2):154-156. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001729.

Another Useful Application of Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Detection of Esophageal Foreign Bodies in Pediatric Patients.

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From the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan.


Foreign body ingestion is a common pediatric complaint. Esophageal foreign body (EFB) requires early diagnosis and emergency removal of the object. We report 3 cases of EFB detected by point-of-care ultrasound demonstrating characteristic sonographic findings. Point-of-care ultrasound can be a potentially useful modality for identifying EFB.

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