How common are foreign bodies in the GI tract

How common are foreign bodies in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract? 

Every year, millions of foreign bodies enter the GI tract through the mouth or anus, and approximately 1500 to 3000 people die from their ingestion. However, only approximately 10% to 20% of foreign bodies require removal through some form of therapeutic intervention; the rest pass through the GI tract without incident.


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