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Foreign Body (Definition)

Something foreign means it is not supposed to be there and has been somehow come to be there, in ...Read more


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Can you have inhaled foreign body without having symptoms of choking?

Yes - smaller FB: Smaller foreign bodies can sometimes be aspirated (especially by children) with minimal symptoms at the time of aspiration - like a brief coughing fit while eating. I've personally seen cases in children with aspiration of peanut fragments, watermelon seeds etc. Which were causing chronic cough & wheezing but no choking episode was recollected by parents. These were diagnosed on bronchoscopy. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for inhaled foreign body?

Depends: It depends on the shape size and characteristics of the foreign body. We try to retrieve it with a procedure called bronchoscopy where we can reach down and grasp it. ...Read more

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How to prevent foreign body inhalation in cases of nasal foreign body . ?

How to prevent foreign body inhalation in cases of nasal foreign body . ?

Nasal foreign body: Assuming you have a foreign body in the nose, the foremost strategy would be to remove the foreign body. Your nose will be much happier that way, too. If the foreign body can't be taken out right away, avoid sleeping on your back, breath with your mouth open and expedite getting it out. Removal of nasal foreign bodies is typically not something that should wait...Not even longer than a day. ...Read more

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Is there a risk of inhaling foreign body accidentally through the nose into the lungs ?

Is there a risk of inhaling foreign body accidentally through the nose into the lungs ?

Yes: The nose is connected to the lungs by the trachea, so there is a risk of aspirating a foreign body from the nose into the lungs. Signs of foreign body aspiration include sudden choking, breathing difficulty, coughing and wheezing. If you suspect your child of aspirating a foreign body, call your doctor right away. This could be a life-threatening condition. ...Read more

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How long does bad breath associated with nasal foreign body last?

How long does bad breath associated with nasal foreign body last?

Very short-lived : It should not last very long after removal, unless you've developed a sinus infection from it. Try a neti-pot or sinus rinses twice a day for 3 days, if not gone by then go see a nose and sinus specialist. ...Read more

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Just wondering, how can foreign body objects (like coins) that are not sharp cause erosions or perforate the GI tract and other structures?

They usually: don't!!!!!!! (Unless they are "jammed in" eg impacted stool in the descending colon/rectum and this would be VERY unusual! Hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...Read more

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Could there be an inhaled object in your lung\?

Could there be an inhaled object in your lung\?

Yes.: Oftentimes patients will recognize that they have inhaled something - tooth- bug - bead-food. Sometimes they are unaware due to intoxication, dementia, anesthesia or medical illness. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is a corneal foreign body?

Corneal foreign body: If an object lodges on the surface of the cornea and cannot be removed with simply irrigation, it (the foreign body) causes pain, irritation redness and if iron or copper can rust and lead to staining of the cornea. Removal can be done under topical anesthesia in your ophthalmologists office and should be done as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What can I take to treat foreign body ingestion?

Generally: Generally foreign bodies pass on their own. If the foreign does not pass the pylorus you may need endoscopy to retrieve it. ...Read more