Foreign body in the small intestine is caused by the ingestion of a foreign object that is not meant to be digested. This could be something like a coin, a piece of jewelry, a toy, a button, or any other small object.
In order to diagnose a foreign body in the small intestine, the patient must undergo imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or an endoscopy. These tests are used to detect the presence of the foreign object and its location.
Other conditions that can have similar symptoms to foreign body in the small intestine include gastrointestinal obstruction, intussusception, or a tumor.
The treatment of a foreign body in the small intestine depends on the size, composition, and location of the object. Usually, the foreign object is removed through an endoscopic procedure. In some cases, surgery may be needed to remove the object.
The prognosis for a foreign body in the small intestine is generally good if it is removed in a timely manner. If the object is not removed, it can lead to a blockage in the intestine and cause complications such as infection or perforation.