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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 109-111

Trivial and fatal complications of esophageal foreign bodies in neonates

Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Department of Gastroenterology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

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K P Srikanth
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Department of Gastroenterology, PGIMER, Chandigarh
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4847.161718

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Esophageal foreign bodies in children are one of the most common GI emergencies and require prompt attention. Neonatal esophageal foreign bodies are relatively uncommon and pose significant challenge in detection and management, owing to lack of appropriate clinical history. We encountered two neonates with esophageal FBs, with a trivial dysphagia managed immediately with endoscopic retrieval and another case with multitude of complications, with critical illness. Absolute dysphagia, aspiration into respiratory tract, severe pneumonia, significant delay in detection and probably lack of awareness in primary care physician led to complications in second case. These cases highlight the importance of appropriate historical details and high index of suspicion in managing such patients.

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