All who practice otolaryngology and endoscopy are constantly confronted with the problem of extracting foreign bodies from the food and air passages of patients. Usually the patient is a child, for, as is known, children seem to be born with the innate desire and ability to introduce foreign bodies of all types into their ears, noses, and throats; and many of these foreign bodies find their way into the air and food passages. It is a well-known fact that most objects which will enter the gastrointestinal tract without harm through normal channels will also pass from it through natural channels without harm. This fact, however, does not always hold true, as anyone practicing medicine knows, for many foreign bodies which enter without harm do not pass, and it is this latter type with which this article is concerned.
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