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May 20, 1961

Sharp Objects in the Stomach

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2924 Nichols Ave., S. E., Washington 20, D. C.

JAMA. 1961;176(7):636. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040200072025

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To the Editor:—  The article entitled "Corsage Pin in the Stomach" in the Jan. 7, 1961, issue of The Journal interested me very much, although I find one fault with the authors' handling of their case.Some years ago I reported 3 cases of the treatment of open safety pins in the stomachs of children. My method of treatment of open safety pin, corsage pin, or any other type of sharp object is to feed the patient bits of cotton mixed with mashed potatoes and soft bread 3 or 4 times daily. In the 3 cases I reported, there was no problem of perforation or intestinal distress, and the open safety pins were successfully passed in the bowel movements 5 to 7 days later without difficulty. But the most interesting thing about this method of treatment is that in every case the pins were well surrounded with cotton, and the

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