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Question: Are there any noninvasive means of removal of esophageal foreign bodies?

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Answer: Yes. Glucagon given intravenously may be effective in meat impactions of the lower esophagus. Glucagon acts by relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter. It does not appear to be effective in upper-or mid esophageal foreign bodies. It also does not affect peristalsis once the sphincter is relaxed. The weight of the object itself or the […]

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Question: What are the complications of Esophageal Foreign Bodies?

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Answer: Esophageal perforation or abscess formation occurs in 0.6%- 1.0%, which is generally caused by sharp objects or prolonged impaction, or it is iatrogenically produced secondary to removal. Minor complications such as esophageal abrasions and lacerations occur in 1%. Airway obstruction usually occurs in children only when a large bolus is impacted, causing compression of […]

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