Turkish Archives of Pediatrics
Original Article

Management of Foreign Bodies Crossing the Gastroesophageal Junction in Children


Department of Pediatric Surgery, University of Health Sciences, Gazi Yaşargil Training and Research Hospital, Diyarbakır, Turkey

Turk Arch Pediatr 2023; 58: 607-611
DOI: 10.5152/TurkArchPediatr.2023.23023
Read: 440 Downloads: 235 Published: 13 October 2023

Objective: Foreign body (FB) ingestion is a common problem in children and is an important public health problem in terms of causing serious complications. This study aims to evaluate the complication management and intervention rates of FBs crossing the gastroesophageal junction.

Materials and Methods: The hospital records of all children who presented to our clinic because of ingestion of FB between August 2019 and August 2021 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients who had an FB crossing the esophagogastric junction on plain radiographs showing the entire gastrointestinal tract taken at the time of admission were included in this study. Patients who had an FB removed from the esophagus by endoscopy were excluded from this study.

Results: Of the 127 patients included in this study, 66 (52%) were male and 61 (48%) were female, with a mean age of 4.94 ± 3.15 years (3 months-17 years), and 59% (n = 75) of the patients were under 5 years of age. The most common type of FB was a coin (47%). The first pediatric cases in the literature were a clothespin discovered in the stomach and a Meckel's diverticulum perforated by a sunflower seed shell. Management included spontaneous passing (89%), endoscopy (7%), and open surgery (4%).

Conclusion: Although FBs passing through the esophagogastric junction may be asymptomatic in most cases, the need for close monitoring and surgical intervention should be kept in mind in these patients.

Cite this article as: Dursun A, Öztaş T. Management of foreign bodies crossing the gastroesophageal junction in children. Turk Arch Pediatr. 2023;58(6):607-611.

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