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October 2017

An Unusual Laryngeal Foreign Body—A Bee Stinger in the Epiglottis

Author Affiliations
  • 1Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, Valhalla
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, New York
  • 3Department of Otolaryngology, New York Medical College, Valhalla
  • 4The Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders, Phelps Hospital, Sleepy Hollow, New York
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143(10):1057-1058. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.1056

Foreign body aspiration continues to be a cause of mortality in children, with as many as 4800 deaths occurring in the United States in 2013 for children aged 0 to 4 years.1 Most aspirated foreign bodies settle in the dependent areas of the tracheobronchial tree rather than the larynx. Herein we report a rare case of a bee stinger embedded in an epiglottis and the treatment required for removal.