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Surgery in foreign body ingestion and aspiration: descriptive study

  • I Nyoman Semadi ,
  • Josua Josua ,
  • I Wayan Sucipta ,


Background: Foreign bodies in upper digestive tract, as well as respiratory tract, are common cases in daily life. This incident can occur in all age groups, ranging from children to elderly. Endoscopy and bronchoscopy are the first treatment option, nevertheless, case with complications which endoscopy or bronchoscopy cannot be done, it requires another extraction procedure specifically surgery.

Method: We conducted a retrospective review of patients who came to consult to Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery Department by ENT Department. The data obtained are from 2009-2019.

Result: Out of 290 patients recorded, experiencing foreign body impaction in both digestive and respiratory tract for the last 10 years, the highest number was digestive tract with 243 cases (83.8%) and 47 respiratory tract cases (16.2%). From 17 patients who underwent surgery, 70.6% men and 29.4% women. The age group of children and adults had the same number as seven patients (41.2%) and elderly with three patients (17.6%). The highest number of surgical procedure was thoracotomy with 10 patients (58.8%) while cervical esophagotomy with seven patients (41.2%).

Conclusion: The failure of the extraction procedure using endoscopy or bronchoscopy in the case of a foreign body leads to surgery as a definitive therapy for patients. The age group of children and adults have same number. Cases of impaction in the esophagus are the most common. The most common surgical procedure performed is thoracotomy. In this study the success rate of extraction by surgery reached 100% without additional morbidity and mortality.


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Semadi, I. N., Josua, J., & Sucipta, I. W. (2020). Surgery in foreign body ingestion and aspiration: descriptive study. Bali Medical Journal, 9(1), 104–109.




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