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TWO BIZARRE cases in which infants were treated in the department of otolaryngology of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, recently serve to illustrate some of the more common causes of delay of endoscopic diagnosis. In a 5 week old infant an open safety pin, and in a 14 month old child a large plastic button, were retained in the hypopharynx for over seven weeks, with no harmful sequelae resulting in either patient.
REPORT OF CASES
Case 1.—R. H., a 12 week old infant, was admitted to Babies Hospital, Dec. 11, 1945, with a seven week history of hoarseness and a draining cervical fistula. At the onset of the illness, when the child was 5 weeks old, her cry became weak and muffled. Three days later a swelling appeared just below and lateral to the hyoid bone on the left side. This gradually became fluctuant, necessitating external incision and drainage
FRIEDMAN HS. FOREIGN BODIES RETAINED IN INFANTS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;45(3):357–360. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690010368013
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