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?!

In the European Union each year, an estimated 50,000 children (14 years or younger) have a choking episode.[Ref:1476]