An unexpected surprise: Delayed gastric outlet obstruction from coin ingestion

  • Eric Omar Then | ericomarthen27@yahoo.com Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, SBH Health System, Bronx, New York, United States. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3649-1190
  • Febin John Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Clinical Affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital, Brooklyn, New York, United States.
  • Carmine Catalano Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Clinical Affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital, Brooklyn, New York, United States.
  • Michell Lopez Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, SBH Health System, Bronx, New York, United States.
  • Vinaya Gaduputi Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, SBH Health System, Bronx, New York, United States.

Abstract

Gastric outlet obstruction (GOO) is characterized by postprandial vomiting due to mechanical obstruction. Rarely it can occur due to ingestion of a foreign body. Most cases of foreign body ingestion are benign, with passage of the ingested object into the stool with no clinical sequelae. We describe a case of an 80-year-old woman with GOO occurring secondary to ingestion of two coins (American quarters). Rarely will such a small object cause a true gastric outlet obstruction. To our knowledge this makes the second such case reported in the medical literature.

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Published
2019-05-07
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Keywords:
Gastric outlet obstruction, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, Gastrointestinal tract
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Then, E. O., John, F., Catalano, C., Lopez, M., & Gaduputi, V. (2019). An unexpected surprise: Delayed gastric outlet obstruction from coin ingestion. Clinics and Practice, 9(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2019.1153