European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine vol:6 issue:1 pages:21-5
Foreign body inhalation is still a major cause of morbidity and even mortality in the under-fives. To reduce its frequency, more severe preventative measures must be imposed and to allow for early diagnosis, a low threshold for bronchoscopy is necessary. This retrospective study is based on 33 children referred to us for suspicion of inhaled foreign body. Symptomatology, clinical and paraclinical data are reviewed. Based on our practice and on the experience gained from the literature, we propose a management algorithm which will need to be further assessed by a prospective study.