Child’s missing necklace found in lungs

Doctors at Emek Medical Center in Afula were surprised to find the three-year-old had swallowed her necklace.

July 5, 2012 03:42
X-ray of necklace ingested by 3-year-old

X-ray of necklace ingested by 3-year-old 390. (photo credit: Emek Medical Center)


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A woman in the Jezreel Valley thought her three-year-old daughter had misplaced a thin necklace she had given her and gave it up for lost. But when the girl began to cough and lost her appetite, doctors at Emek Medical Center in Afula were surprised to find that she had swallowed it, with it moving to her trachea and into the bronchi of her lungs.

When she was admitted to the emergency room over the weekend, she was sent for an X ray, which showed the necklace. Dr. Lev Shleizerman and Dr. Limor Binyamini of the ear-nose-and-throat department were called it and decided to perform surgery under general anesthesia to prevent the toddler from choking.

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But in the surgical theater, they decided to first try to remove the metal chain with a bronchoscopy via her mouth into her respiratory system and managed to pull it out.

The chairman of the pediatrics A department, Dr. Yosef Horovitz, said that doctors have become used to finding foreign objects in the respiratory and digestive system of children, but finding a necklace stuck in the bronchi of both lungs was a rare occurrence that threatened her breathing.

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