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Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques
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vol. 12
Case report

Use of the blue cotton screen method with endoscopy to detect occult esophageal foreign bodies

Yan Xia, Fan Zhang, Hong Xu, Weiran Xu

Videosurgery Miniinv 2017; 12 (4): 428–436
Online publish date: 2017/12/29
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More than 20,000 cases of upper gastrointestinal foreign bodies (FBs) have been reported in the last 5 years in China. Early detection and treatment is vital in these patients. Differential diagnosis of esophageal injury and occult esophageal foreign bodies is challenging, particularly in the case of non-radio-opaque foreign bodies. A diagnostic technique with high accuracy and low risk is needed for clinical practice. We describe successful use of the “blue cotton screen method” to detect esophageal foreign bodies in 2 patients. The advantages and disadvantages of various diagnostic modalities in the management of patients with foreign body ingestion are presented. This technique is safer and more effective than traditional methods for foreign body impaction in the esophageal cavity. It could be applied for screening and in the differential diagnosis of esophageal injury and FBs in the esophageal lumen.

occult esophageal foreign bodies, endoscope, diagnosis, blue cotton screen method

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