Surgical Research


Intestinal Obstruction in an 11-Month-Old Infant following Ingestion of a Superabsorbent Polymer

Mirian Ramos-Mercado, Wihelma Echevarria, Aurelio Segundo, Priyanka Bajaj, Jorge Perez

Foreign body ingestion comprises one of the most common pediatric complaints in the emergency department. While most foreign bodies pass spontaneously through the gastrointestinal tract, water-retaining agents carry a higher risk of complications. We report a case of ingestion of a superabsorbent polymer ball by an 11-month-old infant who developed small bowel obstruction requiring laparotomy and resection.

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