Autistic child with abdominal pain caused by foreign body ingestion



Foreign body, intestinal perforation, autism, abdominal pain


Foreign body ingestion is an important condition with a potentially high mortality rate that is encountered in pediatric emergency departments and outpatient polyclinics. Foreign body ingestion occurs in 80% of children, especially those between 6 months and 3 years of age. However, in patients with mental disorders, in this case, autism, foreign body ingestion may occur at any age. A 16-year-old autistic patient presented with complaints of discomfort and restlessness, with no history of ingestion, however, we discovered through further investigations that the patient had in fact swallowed a foreign object. In this case, we would like to emphasize that autistic patients of any age can ingest foreign bodies, even without any suspicious history.


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Özçelik Z, Gülcü D. Autistic child with abdominal pain caused by foreign body ingestion. J Surg Med [Internet]. 2020 Oct. 1 [cited 2024 May 20];4(10):901-3. Available from: