Stomach & Intestinal Tract Foreign Bodies



Physical Exam


  1. Most objects will pass w/o intervention
  2. Objects longer than 5 cm & wider than 2 cm rarely pass the stomach
  3. Button battery ingestion
  4. Sharp or pointed objects:
  5. Coins, or other blunt objects:
  6. Body stuffers
  7. Body packers:


  1. If FB removed
  2. If object sharp, large, bulky, risk of perforation/obstruction, or if pt intoxicated
  3. Asymptomatic body stuffer
  4. Symptomatic body stuffers & all body packers