Aspiration of Thumbtack
Correspondence Address :
LCDR Darshan Thota, MC,
Department of Emergency Medicine
Naval Hospital Okinawa
Received on: October 04, 2017, Accepted on: October 17, 2017, Published on: October 24, 2017
Citation: Darshan Thota (2017). Aspiration of Thumbtack
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Unintentional foreign body aspiration can be seen in all age groups. Common substances include both organic and non-organic material. However, sharp metal objects have the potential to cause significant cardiopulmonary pathology. A few dreaded adverse effects of ingested foreign bodies include pneumonia, pneumothorax, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and pnuemomediastinum. This is a case report of a 19 year old Active Duty male who unintentionally aspirated a thumbtack while drinking from his canteen while playing a game which is popular among Sailors and Marines. Military Emergency Physicians should be aware of this high risk behavior and the complications of aspirated thumbtacks.
Keywords: Aspiration, Foreign, Body, Unintentional, Healthy