Management of a Patient with Foreign Body Ingestion at Ndola Teaching Hospital, Zambia

  • Seke Manase Ephraim Kazuma Department of Surgery, Ndola Teaching Hospital, Ndola, Zambia
  • Boniface Kaela Department of Surgery, Ndola Teaching Hospital, Ndola, Zambia
  • Simunyama Luando Department of Surgery, Ndola Teaching Hospital, Ndola, Zambia
  • Kamwi Mundia Department of Surgery, Ndola Teaching Hospital, Ndola, Zambia
  • Donald Kaoma Department of Surgery, Ndola Teaching Hospital, Ndola, Zambia
  • Lumbala Mukendi Department of Surgery, Ndola Teaching Hospital, Ndola, Zambia
  • Khombolakhe Fisongo Department of Surgery, Ndola Teaching Hospital, Ndola, Zambia
  • Bright Chirengendure Department of Surgery, Ndola Teaching Hospital, Ndola, Zambia
Keywords: Foreign body, ingestion of foreign body, swallowing of foreign body

Abstract

Foreign body (FB) ingestion refers to intentional swallowing of indigestible, non-nutritious solid substances. It is more common in children and psychiatry adult patients. Adult psychiatry patients have the highest incidence of recurrent ingestion of multiple FB that results from poor impulse control by care-givers and as a response to stress. Foreign bodies longer than 6cm, wider than 2.5cm and sharp edged are unlikely to pass without getting imparted or causing perforation. These warrant removal by endoscopy where available or laparotomy. We report on the management of a case of intentional swallowing of multiple FBs by a known psychiatric patient at Ndola Teaching Hospital, in Ndola, Zambia.

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Published
2021-08-10
How to Cite
Kazuma, S., Kaela, B., Luando, S., Mundia, K., Kaoma, D., Mukendi, L., Fisongo, K., & Chirengendure, B. (2021). Management of a Patient with Foreign Body Ingestion at Ndola Teaching Hospital, Zambia. Medical Journal of Zambia, 48(2), 148 - 150. Retrieved from https://mjz.co.zm/index.php/mjz/article/view/879
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Case Reports

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