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Corpus Alieum - a foreign body

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A coin in
the stomach

Corpus alienum A foreign body, an object in a place where it should not normally be. A coin or a small toy swallowed by a child is a typical foreign body. An object swallowed ofted departs from the gastrointestal channel by the normal route, bigger objects can be removed endoscopically. Small batteries used in electronic toys are dangerous especially if the remain in the oesophagus, and they should be removed immediately, othervise they can cause serious burns.

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