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ISRN Otolaryngology
Volume 2014, Article ID 679378, 4 pages
Clinical Study

Value and Efficacy of Foley Catheter Removal of Blunt Pediatric Esophageal Foreign Bodies

Department of Otolaryngology, First Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University, Urumqi 830054, China

Received 31 October 2013; Accepted 19 December 2013; Published 30 January 2014

Academic Editors: C. Y. Chien, F. Esteban, Z. Makura, and K. Parham

Copyright © 2014 Yasin Abdurehim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To discuss the safety and efficacy of Foley catheter removal of blunt pediatric esophageal foreign bodies. Methods. Analyzing our first 17 cases of pediatric esophageal foreign bodies removed by Foley catheter method in respect of the efficacy, removal methods, and complications. We also reviewed related literature and discussed the background, current status, and technical matters that need attention of this method. Results. In three-year period between May 2010 and May 2013, in 16 out of 17 children blunt radiopaque foreign bodies impacted in the esophagus were successfully removed by a Foley catheter. There were no complications. In one patient, the foreign body was advanced into stomach and came out with stool 2 days later. Conclusions. The technique is safe, rapid, and cost-effective procedure and applicable for blunt, flat foreign bodies impacted in the esophagus.