Endoscopic Management of Food Impaction and Foreign Bodies

  • Ian Grimes
  • Patrick R. PfauEmail author


Endoscopy plays an important role in the management of ingested foreign bodies and impacted food boluses. The safe and effective use of endoscopic therapy requires proper patient assessment and an adequately trained personnel and equipment availability. The endoscopist should be familiar with commonly used devices for food disimpaction and foreign body extraction and recognize pitfalls associated with endoscopic intervention for particular objects. Whenever feasible, pre-procedural simulation for object retrieval, especially for the novice endoscopist, can facilitate a successful endoscopic outcome.

This chapter includes supplementary videos.


Food bolus Food impaction Foreign body retrieval Ingested foreign bodies Endoscopy 

Supplementary material

Video 16.1

Endoscopic management of food impaction via the push technique (MP4 6861 kb)

Video 16.2

Endoscopic management of food impaction via overtube and piecemeal extraction (MP4 12352 kb)

Video 16.3

Endoscopic retrieval of a sharp foreign body (razor blade) with the aid of an overtube (MP4 6601 kb)

Video 16.4

Endoscopic retrieval of a sharp foreign body with the aid of a protector hood (MP4 9383 kb)

Video 16.5

Endoscopic management of a retained blunt object (coin) in the esophagus (MP4 11786 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of GastroenterologyUniversity of Wisconsin Medical SchoolMadisonUSA

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