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Pediatr Clin North Am. 1996 Dec;43(6):1403-11.

Prevention and management of aerodigestive foreign body injuries in childhood.

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Department of Pediatrics, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.


Pediatricians have a critical role in the evaluation of children who experience a choking episode and foreign body injury. Familiarity with important symptoms and signs improves diagnostic skills and complements radiographic evaluation. Further reduction in injury prevention is assisted by parental education and avoidance of objects and foods that produce the greatest risk. Design modifications of toys and other products for children's use is the next important step in this safety process.

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