Annals of African Medicine

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
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

Correspondence Address:
Abubakar D Salisu
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, PMB 3452, 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.


How to cite this article:
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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