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Emergency Medical Minute


Nov 6, 2018

Author: Gretchen Hinson, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Diagnosis can be difficult and often delayed
  • Asymmetric breath sounds, choking, stridor may be present, but children also present asymptomatically
  • Peak incidence around one to two years of age
  • Hot dogs, nuts, popcorn – round and smooth objects are most commonly aspirated


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Sink JR, Kitsko DJ, Georg MW, Winger DG, Simons JP. Predictors of Foreign Body Aspiration in Children. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Sep;155(3):501-7. doi: 10.1177/0194599816644410. Epub 2016 Apr 12. PubMed PMID: 27071446.


Summary by Travis Barlock, MS4  | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD