THE INFANTILE propensity to put things in the mouth, especially open safety pins, has long been recognized, and much has been written of the importance of prompt removal of the pin and of various methods of retrieving it. Once a person is past the diaper age, however, the safety pin is not so much in evidence, and one is apt to forget that even elderly persons, who should know better, put them into their mouths and sometimes swallow them. A closed safety pin is of no consequence, and it may safely be counted on to pass uneventfully through the viae naturales. A probable explanation of the way in which elderly people swallow such a pin is that, since they wear upper dentures, the sensitiveness of their natural teeth to foreign bodies is gone and the sensation of the hard palate is masked by the plate.
The technique of removing a
EQUEN M, ROACH G, BROWN R, BENNETT T. OPEN SAFETY PIN IN THE ESOPHAGUS OF A SEPTUAGENARIAN: Report of Successful Removal With a Magnet. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;62(4):426–427. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.03830040080013
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: