AERODIGESTIVE TRACT FOREIGN BODIES-OUR EXPERIENCE
Dr. R. Siva*, Dr. M. Krishna Sundari and Dr. Govindaraju
Foreign bodies in the aerodigestive tract are an important concern for all the ENT Surgeons. Aspiration and ingestion of foreign bodies into the upper aerodigestive tract, often constitute otolaryngologic emergencies. While FBs in the air passage are common in younger children and causes severe morbidity and complications. In children, the most common FBs are coins, button batteries, safety pins, nuts. The signs and symptoms of foreign bodies may be different and often not specific. In most instances, patients are able to relate history of FB accident, but pediatric patients are often unable to give such information. Rigid endoscopic technique has remained the safest and most trusted method of treatment for the removal of foreign bodies. Early diagnosis remains the most essential way to prevent significant morbidity and mortality.
Keywords: The aim of this work is to describe our experience in the management of aerodigestive foreign bodies.
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