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    ABSTRACT: We present the results of a retrospective study of endoscopic management (with flexible endoscopy) in 501 patients admitted for suspected ingestion of a foreign body between 1977 and 1997. The mean age of the patients was 55.73 19.38. Foreign bodies were found in the esophagus in 322 patients (64.3%) and endoscopic removal was successful in 307 (95.35%). More experienced endoscopists, with more than 45 cases, had a higher success rate (98.1%) than did less experienced endoscopists (87.9%) (p < 0.01). The most frequent type of foreign body in our series was meat bolus (32.8%). Underlying disease was found in 38.9%, and peptic stenosis was the most frequent. The only severe complication found was esophageal perforation in one patient (0.3%). Emergency flexible endoscopy is the most effective method for managing patients admitted for suspected ingestion of a foreign body and for the removal of foreign bodies located in the esophagus.
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    ABSTRACT: We have performed a retrospective study about 308 adult patients assisted in Urgencies Service with suspect of Esophageal Foreign Body. These variables have been analysed: Age, sex, personal antecedents, initial clinical symptoms, type of foreign body, its location, treatment and hospital evolution. 49 cases were solved spontaneously or by medical treatment. 203 foreign bodies (65,9%) were removed by Digestive Endoscopy while that 56 patients (18,2%) were admitted and required Rigid Esophagoscopy by our Service. In the postoperative period we have registered 5 cases of esophageal perforation; three ones were solved with medical treatment only; one case needed re-operation and another one suffered a mediastinitis. The rest of patients have evolutionated well.
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    Preview · Article · Jan 2005 · Revista espanola de enfermedades digestivas: organo oficial de la Sociedad Espanola de Patologia Digestiva