Foreign body ingestions or insertions are seen in four broad categories of patients:
- Mentally handicapped persons. May present multiple times for unusual injuries and foreign body insertions and ingestions.
- Adults with unusual sexual behaviors
- “Normal” adults or children with predisposing factors or injurious situational problems. This group includes individuals who may abuse drugs or alcohol, engage in criminal activities, engage in extreme sporting activities, or may be subject to child or spousal abuse.