The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2011 , Vol 53 , Num 4
Foreign Bodies in the Ears in Children: The Experience of the Buenos Aires Pediatric ORL Clinic
1 University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and 2Department of Surgery, University of Pisa, Pisa, 3Laboratories of Epidemiological Methods and Biostatistics, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, University of Padova, Padova, and 4 Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, University of Siena, Siena, Italy Chinski A , Foltran F, Gregori D, Passali D, Bellussi L. Foreign bodies in the ears in children: the experience of the Buenos Aires pediatric ORL clinic. Turk J Pediatr 2011; 53: 425-429.

Even if foreign body (FB) insertion in the external auditory canal (EAC) is not an uncommon event, the literature based on large series is scarce. In the present study, ear FB cases observed at the Children’s Hospital Gutierrez in Buenos Aires over five years of otorhinolaryngology (ORL) activity are presented, and the main findings are compared with data coming from other well-known published case series.

Three hundred ninety-two injury cases were observed. Eighty percent of them occurred while the child was playing; in 328 cases (83.7%), adults were present. The retrieved FB included food items and objects usually available at home, such as pins, while fragments of toys were found in only 2 cases.

These findings testify to the efficacy of regulations imposing manufacturing quality standards on toys; on the other hand, parents seem to be unaware of the risk imposed by FB insertion, since injuries usually happen under adult supervision while children are manipulating objects not adapted for their age. Keywords : foreign body, injuries, ear damage, injury prevention, trans-cultural epidemiology.

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