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April 29, 1968

Management of Foreign Bodies in the Food and Air Passages

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1968;204(5):409-410. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140180059038

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Can 2,489 foreign bodies fit together in the same human stomach? Does denture-wearing increase the probability of a foreign body causing acute abdominal pain?

"Yes" says Denver surgeon Sawyer as he enriches an extensive review of the literature with his own experiences on retrieving objects that can be inserted, ingested, or aspirated by patients of all ages. The result is a compact, readable, occasionally droll, and always informative treatise that can serve as a text or as an easily referenced avenue to world opinion.

Foreign bodies causing endobronchial ball valves, problems faced in retrieving friable intrapulmonary objects, and legal aspects of dental damage caused by endotracheal anesthesia are succinctly presented. Dr. Sawyer offers valuable data about the infant larynx, as carefully as he outlines techniques for bronchoscopy or discusses the use of electronic and magnetic locating equipment. He develops indications for surgical versus endoscopic recovery of foreign matter and emphasizes