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Arch Dis Child. 2017 May;102(5):473-474. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2016-311750. Epub 2016 Dec 20.

The choking hazard of grapes: a plea for awareness.

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Emergency Department, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK.


Deaths from choking are a major cause of childhood mortality, especially in the very young. Whole grapes are ideally suited to cause paediatric airway obstruction and, though regularly implicated, knowledge that this popular fruit, and other similarly shaped foods, is a choking hazard is not widespread. We present the cases of three children who presented to our institution after grape aspiration. Increased dissemination of the learning points among health professionals working with children may aid in the prevention of further episodes.


Aspiration; Choking; Emergency Medicine; Foreign Body; Paediatric

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