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April 15, 1961

Foreign Bodies in Gastrointestinal Tract

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411 30th St. Oakland 9, Calif.

JAMA. 1961;176(2):168. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040150084027

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To the Editor:—  I should like to commend Dr. Edward B. Benedict et al., for their article "Corsage Pin in Stomach" (JAMA175:48, Jan. 7, 1961), calling attention to the fact that "long, sharp foreign bodies in most cases pass through the gastrointestinal tract without difficuly." It has been my experience that this opinion is not held by some of our colleagues in general surgery. I have heard them say on several occasions, "Why take chances when the danger may be quickly eliminated by a minor surgical procedure." Those of us who have had a chance to observe these foreign-body cases have seen many sharp objects pass without difficulty, the longest, in my case, being a 4-in. nut pick.I should like to emphasize their article by making note of an experience which I observed. A common pin was removed from the stomach of a 2-year-old by the general

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