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Management of laryngeal foreign bodies in children.
  1. H S Sharma,
  2. S Sharma
  1. School of Medical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia. sharma@kb.usm.my

    Abstract

    Foreign body aspiration is one of the leading causes of accidental death in children. Food items are the most common items aspirated in infants and toddlers, whereas older children are more likely to aspirate non-food items. Laryngeal impaction of a foreign body is very rare as most aspirated foreign bodies pass through the laryngeal inlet and get lodged lower down in the airway. Two rare cases of foreign body aspiration with subglottic impaction in very young children (under 2 years of age) are described. In both the cases subglottic impaction occurred consequent to attempted removal of foreign body by blind finger sweeping. The clinical presentation, investigations, and management of these rare cases are discussed.

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