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Foreign body ingestion causing gastric and diaphragmatic perforation in a child


Foreign body ingestion is a common problem in children. Most ingested foreign bodies pass through the gastrointestinal tract without difficulty once they reach the stomach. Perforation of the gastrointestinal tract very rarely occurs. This case report discusses the clinical presentation and management of a very unusual case of an eyeliner pencil ingested by a child that perforated the stomach and diaphragm, causing empyema.

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Antao, B., Foxall, G., Guzik, I. et al. Foreign body ingestion causing gastric and diaphragmatic perforation in a child. Ped Surgery Int 21, 326–328 (2005).

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  • Ingested foreign body
  • Gastric perforation
  • Diaphragmatic perforation