At the Focal Point…| Volume 60, ISSUE 3, P429, September 2004

Glue ingestion

      An 18-year-old man was referred for EGD from another institution where he had been hospitalized for 5 days after an attempt at suicide by ingestion of a cup of glue. He complained of a foreign body sensation in the throat and odynophagia. Upper endoscopy revealed a light brown, long and flat, bar-like material that was fixed to the mucosa from the proximal to the distal esophagus (A); the material protruded into the stomach lumen (B). The foreign body was pushed into the stomach and then removed with a snare while protecting the esophageal mucosa with a funnel-shaped rubber cap. Examination of the esophageal mucosa revealed longitudinal ulcers (C). The extracted foreign body was fragmented into three sections and consisted of hardened glue. In the aggregate, it was 1 cm wide and 27 cm long (D). There was no complication as a result of the extraction, and the symptoms subsided. EGD 6 days later disclosed healing esophageal ulcers.
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