Aim: Evaluation of the results of our experiences with foreign body (FB) ingestion in this country. Patients and methods: The medical records of 73 patients treated for FB ingestion between January 1985 and December 2003 were evaluated retrospectively. Results: Fifty-nine percent of the patients were boys, and the majority of them had ingested coins and safety pins. The age of 41% of the patients ranged from 1.5 months to 2 years. Rigid esophagoscopy was performed to remove the FBs. Laparotomy was required in 2 patients with safety pin ingestion. Conclusion: Coins were the most commonly ingested FBs. In addition C to surgical and medical aspects, cultural differences should also be considered in FB ingestion as the type of ingested object varies in different populations.