Dried Peas or Beans

Foreign Body

After a few hours of absorbing moisture from the bronchi, these can suddenly swell and cause complete obstruction.

The first image below shows 4 moisture-swollen soybeans that had been removed from a child’s trachea and bronchi. The two dry soybeans on the right are much smaller.[Ref:1934]

Did You Know?!

In the European Union each year, an estimated 2,000 children (14 years or younger) choke on a toy.[Ref:1476]