Julia Moon, MD

Sharp Foreign Body Ingestion

Consider a case: a 38 year-old male presents to the ED after intentional ingesion of multiple objects, which include razor blades, a fork and other sharp objects. Vital signs are stable, he has no abdominal tenderness, and an x-ray reveals several foreign bodies in the stomach that appear consistent with sharp objects, with no free air under the diaphragm.  How do you approach this scenario and other similar cases?

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