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April 1958

Foreign Body in the Larynx

Author Affiliations

New York
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology (Dr. Spector) and Instructor in Otolaryngology (Dr. Bautista), State University of New York Medical Center at New York City.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(4):458-459. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010470014

From time immemorial doctors have been called upon to deal with children who have either swallowed or aspirated foreign bodies commonly found in their environment. The public is generally aware of the extraordinary tendency that little ones have for placing things in their mouths and, as a result, such children are usually brought to the doctor with the history that a coin, button, pin, etc., had disappeared from sight and the parent is sure it had been either swallowed or aspirated. The physician, with a few simple questions, observation of symptoms and examination, sometimes including x-ray, usually quickly confirms the diagnosis and institutes immediate treatment.

There are cases, however, where the parent is unaware of the possibility of an aspirated foreign object, and in such cases the child is brought in with only a statement of symptoms of comparatively sudden onset. Recently, I encountered a case where a 9-month-old child

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