Foreign Bodies in Non-Life Threatening Locations: A Risk Analysis of Nose and Ears Foreign Bodies in European Children
Dario Gregori1, §, *, Francesca Foltran1, Giselle Cuestas2, Hugo Rodriguez2, §, Desiderio Passali3, Paola Berchialla4, §
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2012
First Page: 23
Last Page: 28
Publisher Id: TOPEDJ-6-23
Article History:Received Date: 11/01/2012
Revision Received Date: 15/02/2012
Acceptance Date: 15/02/2012
Electronic publication date: 4/5/2012
Collection year: 2012
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Children with a foreign body (FB) in either the ear or nose commonly present to the hospital. We present a retrospective series of 1186 European cases of FB in ears or nose in children younger 14 years old, classified following the International Classification of Disease (ICD931 and ICD932). Data were collected through a case report form (CRF) during three years (2000-2002) according to four main characteristics (socio-demographic, ergonomic, related to the hospital's management and to the circumstance of the injury). Overall, 610 (53%) sampled children were males. In 704 (71%) of cases, FBs were inorganic and among themabout 36% were balls, marbles or beads. The study investigates FBs featuresand injuries circumstances that are associated to prolonged hospitalization and complications. The most dangerous FBs resulted in objects with rigid or semi-rigid consistency.