Alexis Pelletier-Bui, MD
While the scuba diving decompression illnesses of decompression sickness and arterial gas embolism are treated the same, the pathophysiology and presentation are different.
In 2010, there were approximately 535,000 ED visits for foreign bodies. Approximately 80-90% of ingested foreign bodies pass through the GI tract without complications while the rest require intervention. What are some basics that you need to know about foreign bodies that ingested, aspirated and inserted?