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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-40

Aerodigestives foreign bodies: Clinical profile and management


Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria

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Ngozi Carol Onyeagwara
Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/phmj.phmj_9_18

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Background: Upper aerodigestive foreign bodies are a common occurrence in otorhinolaryngologic practice. We present our experience with the management of upper aerodigestive foreign bodies over a 5-year period at the Ear, Nose and Throat Department of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria. Methods: A retrospective review of medical records and theatre documents of patients presenting with aerodigestive foreign bodies between January 2010 and December 2014 were carried out. Results: A total of 82 cases of aerodigestive foreign bodies were seen comprising of 53 males and 29 females in a ratio of 1.8:1. Age ranged from 9 months to 85 years. The group most at risk of aerodigestive foreign bodies are those aged between 0 and 4 years. Common foreign bodies were parts of toys, fishbone and groundnut in children and dentures and fishbone in adults. Conclusion: Aerodigestive foreign bodies are a common occurrence especially in the paediatric age group. Early detection and removal can forestall complications.


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