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Korean Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2005;31(3): 135-139.
상부 위장관 이물의 내시경적 치료
충남대학교 의과대학 내과학교실
Endoscopic Treatment of Foreign Bodies in the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract
Yoon Sae Kang, M.D., Jae Hoon Jung, M.D., Kyung Hoon Chae, M.D., Won Seok Heo, M.D., Yeon Soo Kim, M.D., Seok Hyun Kim, M.D., Jae Kyu Sung, M.D.,Byung Seok Lee, M.D. and Hyun Yong Jeong, M.D.
Department of Internal Medicine, Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea

The ingestion of foreign bodies in the upper gastrointestinal tract usually happens as a result of accidental swallowing, and rarely produces symptoms. Although most foreign bodies are eliminated spontaneously, 10∼20% of cases need treatment with endoscopy. We evaluated the role of endoscopy for removing foreign bodies from the upper gastrointestinal tract.
We analyzed one hundred and thirty-nine cases of foreign bodies in the upper gastrointestinal tract which were endoscopically treated at Chungnam National University Hospital from January 2001 to July 2004.
Patients' age ranged from 6 months to 96 years old (mean 36.0 years old). The ratio of males to females was 1.2:1. The common foreign bodies included coins (29 cases) and fish bones (23 cases), animal bones (19 cases), and stones (15 cases) follows in order. The most common location was the esophagus (79.9%). In most cases (73.4%), the foreign body was removed using an alligator tooth and a grasping forceps. Twenty-eight among one hundred and thirty-nine patients had a co-morbid condition, such as esophageal disease, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, stomach cancer, or a psychiatric disorder.
Endoscopic removal is a very powerful and useful method for removing foreign bodies from the upper gastrointestinal tract. Nevertheless, a simpler and more efficient endoscopic equipment is required. (Korean J Gastrointest Endosc 2005;31:135⁣139)
Key Words: Foreign body removal, Endoscopic treatment
주요어: 이물 제거, 내시경 치료
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