Small intestinal foreign material (SFB)

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  • Defining characteristics:
    Indicates radiopaque material observed within the small intestine that is inconsistent with the typical appearance of ingesta, gas, or fluid.
  • Common differential diagnoses:
    Foreign body, mass, or other abnormality

  • Helpful additional data:
    Is the patient known to chew foreign material? Has there been any vomiting or inappetence?

  • Commonly associated diagnostics:
    Consider abdominal ultrasound if available, serial radiographs

  • Commonly associated treatments:
    Consider IV fluids with serial radiographs, consider the rest of the physical exam and clinical findings, and discuss surgical options

  • Commonly associated home care:
    Based on primary