Emergency Radiology

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 180–182

Imaging gastric pennies in children

Original Article


Pennies are among the most common foreign objects ingested by children. This occurrence has traditionally been managed conservatively. However, more recent studies indicate that the higher zinc composition of pennies produced after 1982 may be more dangerous than previously believed. We reported earlier the in situ reaction of such pennies following immersion in hydrochloric acid at gastric pH. The present study examines the utility of radiographic examination of such pennies.


Coins Pennies Pediatric Ingestion Radiograph 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family PracticeMercer University School of MedicineMaconUSA

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