Foreign body esophagus

Esophageal foreign bodies are common in children because of children’s habit of keeping things in the mouth. The diagnosis of retained foreign bodies are made radiologically and removed by esophagoscopy. Macpherson RI el al showed that 65% of children were below 2 years of age and in 69% of cases were coins. 20% were asymptomatic and the commonest symptoms were dysphagia (26%) and cough (21%).