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Inalazione di corpo estraneo: uno “strano caso”
UO di Pediatria, Cecina (Piombino), Azienda USL 6 di Livorno
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Foreign body inhalation: a “strange case”
Key words: Foreign body inhalation, Health education, Atelectasis, Incorrect manoeuvres, Epileptic seizure
Foreign body inhalation is a quite common event in chil-dhood, especially during the first years of life. It can cau-se complete airway obstruction and asphyxia resulting from a large object lodged in the trachea or larynx, which require real emergency for prompt removal; otherwise or bronchial occlusion that may cause pulmonary or bron-chial non-specific symptoms. In the present case, a 12-year-old boy inhaled a tooth during an epileptic seizure, not accidentally but as a result of an incorrect manoeuvre of his father in an attempt to prevent the tongue blocking the airways. The foreign body caused right lower lobe a-telectasis that resolved after bronchoscopic extraction. The paper points out the importance of health education to parents regarding the management of epileptic seizure in order to avoid such incorrect manoeuvre.
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