BACKGROUND: In young children, particularly those aged 1-3 years, aerodigestive tract foreign bodies (FB) are a common pediatric problem. The aim of the present study was therefore to characterize the risk of complications and prolonged hospitalization due to FB in the upper digestive tract in terms of the characteristics of the injured patients (age, gender), typology and features of the FB, the circumstances of the accident and hospitalization details. METHODS: A retrospective study was done in 19 hospitals in 19 corresponding European countries of 186 cases of injury due to the presence of an FB in the mouth, esophagus and stomach (ICD935), out of the 2103 overall cases of FB reported in other locations. RESULTS: Complications arose in 14 cases and hospitalization was required in 164 cases. No deaths were observed. A higher incidence of hospitalization in male patients (61%) was observed. Median age for children who experienced complications was 2 years old. The most common FB removal technique was esophagoscopy. In the majority of cases the children were treated by the ENT Department. The most common FB were coins, batteries and fish bones among food. CONCLUSION: Because batteries, as well as coins and fish bones among food were the most common type of FB encountered, and because recent development of technology has accelerated broad use of disk-type batteries, parents should be aware of this hazard, and an educational campaign for public education for this serious problem is advisable.
|Titolo:||Ingested foreign bodies causing complications and requiring hospitalization in European children: results from the ESFBI study.|
|Citazione:||Gregori, D., Scarinzi, C., Morra, B., Salerni, L., Berchialla, P., Snidero, S., et al. (2010). Ingested foreign bodies causing complications and requiring hospitalization in European children: results from the ESFBI study. PEDIATRICS INTERNATIONAL, 52(1), 26-32.|
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