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?!

A 2013 report stated that, from 2001 to 2009, an average of 12,435 children (14 years old or younger) per year were treated in US Emergency Rooms because of food-related choking.[Ref:1]