Year : 2010 | Volume
: 9 | Issue : 2 | Page : 73--76
Metallic foreign body in esophagus: Are multiple radiographs necessary?
Abubakar D Salisu
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria
Background: Multiple X-rays required for confirmation and localization of ingested metallic foreign body preoperatively predisposes children to increased radiation exposure. This study aims to highlight the current necessity or otherwise of these X-ray requests.
Materials and Methods: This is a retrospective study of patients with ingested metallic foreign bodies over a five-year period in a tertiary health institution. Case notes and X-ray requests were studied.
Results: Of 39 cases of foreign body in esophagus, 29 (74.4%) were metallic and the coin accounted for 79.3% of all metallic foreign bodies. There were 20 males to 9 females and 28 children aged 2 months to 11 years to one adult. There were 62 pre-extraction X-rays consisting of 29 (46.8%) initial confirmatory films and 33 (53.2%) repeat films for localization of the foreign body. There were 10 post-extraction films for postoperative complications.
Conclusion: More than half of the X-ray films were unnecessary and the radiation exposure was avoidable if alternative methods of localization of the foreign body such as the handheld metal detector were available.
Abubakar D Salisu
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, PMB 3452, Kano
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Salisu AD. Metallic foreign body in esophagus: Are multiple radiographs necessary?.Ann Afr Med 2010;9:73-76
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Salisu AD. Metallic foreign body in esophagus: Are multiple radiographs necessary?. Ann Afr Med [serial online] 2010 [cited 2021 Oct 23 ];9:73-76
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