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Surgery to remove coin swallowed by child - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Dear Doctor,
My son swallowed a coin.X ray shows that the coin is in the stomach.It is now more than ten days and the coin has not passed thr' stools.The boy is normal. But I am afraid .Please suggest how to remove the coin.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here
Doctor :   let me read what you have typed
Doctor :   how many days back was the -xray taken?
Doctor :   how big is the coin that he swallowed?
User :   10 days back
User :   25 mm
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   did you check properly all the time that he passed stools whether the coin came in it?
Doctor :   how old is your son?
User :   yes I checked properly.
User :   2 and half years
Doctor :   ok. in that case I would suggest to get another x-ray done to see if the coin has passed down
Doctor :   usually small coins do not do any harm
Doctor :   with time they get coated with mucus
Doctor :   the repeat x-ray will tell how far the cpin has travelled inside
User :   I consulted doctor who asked me to wait another week.
Doctor :   it will also tel whether it is there or has got already passed out
Doctor :   ok
User :   is there any procedure to remove the coin in case it is still in the stomach
Doctor :   it shuld be passed out normally, do not worry.
Doctor :   in case the coin is got impacted and i sin same position
Doctor :   then it shoul dbe removed surgically
Doctor :   *should be
Doctor :   does your son have any symptoms ?
User :   It is suggetsed that the child should be given Banana ;But he does not take.Any medicine can be given.
User :   So far no symptoms
Doctor :   you can mash the banana and give with rice or any othr thing
Doctor :   try with thick banana milk shake
Doctor :   he should take it
User :   Thank You Doctor.With best Regards
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   No,Thank You,Sir
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. bye for now.
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