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The choking hazard of grapes: a plea for awareness
  1. Amy J Lumsden,
  2. Jamie G Cooper
  1. Emergency Department, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jamie G Cooper, Emergency Department, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen AB25 2ZN, UK; jamie.cooper2{at}nhs.net

Abstract

Deaths from choking are a major cause of childhood mortality, especially in the very young. Whole grapes are ideally suited to cause paediatric airway obstruction and, though regularly implicated, knowledge that this popular fruit, and other similarly shaped foods, is a choking hazard is not widespread. We present the cases of three children who presented to our institution after grape aspiration. Increased dissemination of the learning points among health professionals working with children may aid in the prevention of further episodes.

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Choking
  • Paediatric
  • Foreign Body
  • Aspiration

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  • Contributors AL wrote the manuscript. JGC conceived the idea for the article, collected the data, obtained consent and edited the manuscript. JGC is the guarantor of the article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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