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Foreign Body inhalationAcute upper airway obstruction
Button batteries lodged in the oesophagus need immediate removal, however once in the stomach they are benign
Large objects >6 cm long and/or wider than 2.5 cm may become entrapped at the pylorus
Magnet + Metal object or >1 Magnet ingestion can cause serious and potentially life-threatening complications
Lead based objects failing to transit through the stomach may lead to acute systemic lead absorption.
High risk children with pre-existing GI abnormalities including previous surgery, tracheoesophageal fistulas or stenosing lesions
A child may be discharged without investigation or treatment if he/she:
and there is a reliable history and a low risk FB has been ingested.
Appropriate discharge advice should be given.
Further examination of the faeces is not recommended.
Repeat X-rays are not necessary.
The child/parents should be instructed to seek medical advice or return to ED if the following symptoms occur:
Children requiring care beyond the comfort level of that hospital
For emergency advice and paediatric or neonatal ICU transfers, call the Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER) Service: 1300 137 650.
Last updated August, 2017