A man presents to your ED complaining of an itchy rash on his foot. He recently came back from a vacation in Jamaica where he spent a lot of time walking on the beach. No systemic symptoms. No allergies. Not toxic appearing. No other medical problems. What's the diagnosis? It may make your skin crawl....
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?