Foreign bodies of body orifices: A pictorial review

Anas Saeed Bamashmos, Ashkan Heshmetzadeh Behzadi, Kareem Elfatairy, Ayah Megahed, Puneet Kochar, Rahul Hegde

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Introduction: Ingestion, inhalation, and insertion of foreign bodies (FB) are commonly encountered problems in the emergency departments (ED). Radiologists pay a key role in their diagnosis and management. Selecting an appropriate imaging modality is important depending on the route of entry and reported type of FB. Diagnosing FB is time sensitive and requires radiologists to be astute and familiar with varied imaging appearances of FB. In this article, we review imaging features of most common FB seen in clinical practice and their complications. Teaching points: • Clinical presentation of FB ingestion, insertion, or aspiration. • Imaging features of common FB encountered in emergency departments. • Management of common FB and role of radiologists in such scenarios. • Complications of frequently encountered FB. FB in body orifices are frequently seen in the ED. Imaging plays a pivotal role in the management in majority of the cases. In this article, we present several cases of commonly encountered FB.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-189
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Imaging
StatePublished - Dec 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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