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Laryngoscope. 2012 Mar;122(3):685-7. doi: 10.1002/lary.23183. Epub 2012 Jan 9.

Wire grill brush bristle as an unusual foreign body: report of two pediatric cases.

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas 66160, USA.


Wire grill brushes are commonly used for cleaning grill grates. Accidental ingestion of a wire bristle from a grill-cleaning brush is a rarely reported foreign body, with only three prior case reports. Although scarce in the literature, we encountered two pediatric cases at the regional children's hospital within 1 year. By presenting these two cases, our goal was to raise awareness of this potentially hazardous foreign body. Additionally, we raise a consumer safety issue associated with the use of wire grill-cleaning brushes as there are currently no ingestion hazard warnings on these products. Laryngoscope,, 2011.

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