A swallowed ‘timely’ emergency

A swallowed watch (button) battery can cause fatal perforation with mediastinitis if lodged in the oesophagus. The need to removed urgently under general anaesthesia makes this a ‘timely’ emergency.

Foreign Bodies in Kids

If there is an insect in the external auditory canal, kill it first. They will fight for their lives if you try to dismember or take them out.  “In the heat of battle, the patient can become terrorized by the noise and pain and the instrument that you are using is likely to damage the […]

Coin ingestions

More than 100,000 foreign body ingestions are reported in children each year; coins are #1 cause Although not always 100% true, coins typically appear circular on an AP Xray of the neck when in the esophagus and linear when in the trachea Coins usually pass without issue, but warning signs are drooling, dysphagia, hoarse voice, wheezing, […]

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