FOREIGN BODY REMOVAL

FOREIGN BODY REMOVAL

Foreign body removal pertains to the recovery of foreign materials that are often introduced by mistake into the body. Different body areas like the ear, eye, nose, finger, leg, foot, stomach, skin, respiratory tract, or airway are more susceptible to foreign bodies.

If the foreign body starts causing pain or is in more dangerous parts of the body, medical assistance is greatly needed. Moreover, the foreign body removal is used to extract the material depends on the material and its location.

TYPES

  • Inhaled foreign bodies
  • Foreign bodies in the alimentary tract
  • Foreign bodies in the skin
  • Airborne particles
  • Foreign bodies in the eye
  • Foreign Bodies in the nose, ear, anus, and vagina

TREATMENT

Inhaled foreign bodies

Children are more vulnerable to ingesting and inhaling foreign bodies because they have a habit of putting things in their mouths or near their noses. Inhaled materials will obstruct the respiratory tract and induce choking. Peanuts, popcorn, grapes, and little toys are some of the most commonly ingested objects.

Foreign bodies in the alimentary tract

Materials swallowed or inserted into the rectum will penetrate the alimentary tract, which is the passage between the mouth and the anus.

Some materials are small enough to be automatically removed by the body, while others are big enough to induce intestinal blockage. An x-ray or CT scan assesses the foreign body’s precise location and movement, which will help physicians determine if the material needs extraction.

Foreign bodies in the skin

Through usual contact or by mistake, foreign bodies can penetrate the skin. The most common examples of this are splinters, which normally do not require medical assistance unless they cause infection.

Car crashes, explosions, or other open wound injuries may also embed foreign objects under the skin. Such cases require medical treatment to avoid infection.

Airborne particles

Particles in the air may enter the airway or the skin, such as pollen and dust. They may cause an allergic reaction, but these cases are rarely a medical emergency.

Foreign bodies in the eye

Common foreign bodies in the eye include dirt or dust, eyelashes, and small insects. Shards of glass and metal are more painful and harmful, and a medical practitioner is needed to remove them to avoid complications.

Foreign Bodies in the nose, ear, anus, and vagina

Physicians can remove foreign bodies from the ear, anus, vagina, or nose, but the extraction may cause severe pain.

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