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To the Editor: Regarding "Iatrogenic Foreign Body in Esophagus," by Bales and Yarington (Amer J Dis Child 106:304, 1963): Having just finished two years at Strong Memorial Hospital, Bradford swab in hand, I feel compelled to defend its use.
As Drs. Bales and Yarington state, "Time has proven the effectiveness of such a swab for obtaining nasopharyngeal cultures in children." The hazard which they report, namely inadvertent ingestion, becomes nonexistent if the distal end of the swab is looped in a circle approximately the size of a dime, thus preventing passage through the external nares when the culture is obtained.
ALLMOND BW. IATROGENIC FOREIGN BODY IN ESOPHAGUS. Am J Dis Child. 1964;107(1):102. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02080060104015