Update on Foreign Bodies in the Esophagus: Diagnosis and Management

  • George Triadafilopoulos
  • Andrew Roorda
  • Junichi Akiyama

DOI: 10.1007/s11894-013-0317-5

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Triadafilopoulos, G., Roorda, A. & Akiyama, J. Curr Gastroenterol Rep (2013) 15: 317. doi:10.1007/s11894-013-0317-5
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  1. Topical Collection on Esophagus


Foreign body impaction in the esophagus is an important emergency that carries significant morbidity and potential mortality. The most common cause of esophageal foreign body obstruction in adults is meat bolus impaction above a pre-existing distal esophageal (mucosal) ring, peptic or malignant esophageal stricture, or eosinophilic esophagitis. Immediate evaluation of the airway, assessment of the urgency of removal, radiological evaluation to localize the object, endoscopic or surgical retrieval, and subsequent monitoring for complications are essential steps in the management.


Foreign body impaction Esophagus Dysphagia Odynophagia Esophageal perforation Peptic stricture Eosinophilic esophagitis 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • George Triadafilopoulos
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrew Roorda
    • 2
  • Junichi Akiyama
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of GastroenterologyStanford University Medical CenterStanfordUSA
  2. 2.El Camino GI Medical AssociatesMountain ViewUSA
  3. 3.National Center for Global Health and MedicineTokyoJapan

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