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Aluminium ring pulls: an invisible foreign body.
  1. G D Stewart,
  2. M V Lakshmi,
  3. A Jackson
  1. Department of Radiology, Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK.


    The aluminium ring pulls associated with the latest designs of drinks cans can be relatively easily detached from their mounting on the top of the can and subsequently aspirated. Their small size predisposes them to lodge as foreign bodies (FBs) in the throat. The similarity of atomic number between soft tissue (7.5) and aluminium (13) makes detection of these FBs difficult on soft tissue radiography. If aspiration is suspected direct visualization and removal may be indicated even if radiography is negative.

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