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Mistaken Asymptomatic Carinal Foreign Body in a Child
Pediatric Emergency Care (2019)
  • Christina Scerbo
  • Jennifer Kilgar, Western University
  • Rodrick Lim, Western University
Foreign body aspirations are commonly seen in emergency departments (EDs) worldwide, presenting with cough, dyspnea, wheeze, and decreased air entry. Chest radiographs are commonly utilized diagnostic tools to confirm foreign object aspiration. The following is a case report of a child who presented in the ED with a carinal push-pin aspiration and a lack of respiratory symptoms; an extremely rare ED presentation of foreign body aspirations masquerading as a foreign body ingestion. This attests to the importance of conducting a lateral chest radiograph for diagnostic purposes to accurately interpret an esophageal or tracheal foreign body placement.
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Christina Scerbo, Jennifer Kilgar and Rodrick Lim. "Mistaken Asymptomatic Carinal Foreign Body in a Child" Pediatric Emergency Care (2019)
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