October 29, 1932


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Austin, Texas

JAMA. 1932;99(18):1502. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27410700005010d

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This case is presented because it is not infrequent for children to run with various objects in their mouths, and in this case an accident that gave few early symptoms caused death.

J. K., a boy, aged 34 months, while playing in the living room at his home, ran across the room with a hard wood penholder in his mouth. He stumbled and fell, and all of the penholder was found except 1⅞ inches. The child was apparently only frightened; but he was taken to the hospital, where he was roentgenographed because the mother thought he must have swallowed the missing piece of penholder.

The roentgenograms of the chest and gastro-intestinal tract gave negative results. Physical examination was negative except for a small lacerated wound in the palate, just above the right tonsil, and a bad cold that the baby had had for several days. The child seemed to improve

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