Pins and Needles

Foreign Body

An open safety pin lodged in the esophagus is very dangerous. This was common in the days of cloth diapers.

Today, thumbtacks are a more common bronchial foreign body; but not as common as headscarf and turban pins, in some Islamic and Sikh countries.

Please see the Thumbtack and Darting Pin extraction cases.

Did You Know?!

Approximately 95% of deaths from choking occur in the home environment.[Ref:375]