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March 1947


Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;45(3):357-360. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690010368013

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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

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