Gastrointestinal Foreign Bodies Chapter uri icon


  • 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. All rights reserved. Gastrointestinal (GI) foreign bodies are common in dogs and cats and the need for surgical removal of foreign bodies is frequent in veterinary practice. GI foreign bodies are classified by clinical impact, for example, partial or complete obstruction, or by the nature of the foreign body, such as a discrete or linear foreign body (LFB). The underlying pathophysiology of GI foreign body obstruction is the result of failure of forward flow of GI contents secondary to the physical presence of the foreign material. Imaging is a critical component of the diagnostic workup in patients with suspected foreign body ingestion. Removal of foreign material from within the stomach is achieved via either endoscopy or gastrotomy. Postoperative care of patients after foreign body removal is similar to that for other abdominal procedures with the extent and frequency of monitoring and interventions dependent on the patients' clinical condition and type of procedure performed.

author list (cited authors)

  • Cornell, K., & Koenig, A.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Cornell, Karen||Koenig, Amy

Book Title

  • Small Animal Surgical Emergencies

publication date

  • November 2015