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Diagnosis and Management of a Postpyloric Foreign Body Causing Small Bowel Obstruction in an Infant

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Clinical Medicine Insights: Case Reports 2017:10 1179547617719249

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Published on 05 Jul 2017

DOI: 10.1177/1179547617719249


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Abstract

Foreign body ingestion is a common occurrence in the pediatric population and most ingestions resolve with little morbidity. Although radiopaque objects are easily identified on biplane radiographs, radiolucent objects may elude detection, delaying diagnosis. We report a case of a healthy 10-month-old infant who presented with a 5-day history of postprandial vomiting and imaging consistent with small bowel obstruction. On exploratory laparotomy, she was discovered to have a postpyloric foreign body requiring removal through an enterotomy.



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