Authors

FRANCESCO FRENI1, BRUNO GALLETTI1, ROCCO BRUNO1, FRANCESCO MARTINES2, PIETRO ABITA1, FRANCESCO GAZIA1, FEDERICO SIRECI1,3, FRANCESCO GALLETTI1

Departments

1Department of Adult and Development Age Human Pathology “Gaetano Barresi”, unit of otorhinolaryngology, University of Messina, Italy - 2University of Palermo, Section, ARNAS Fatebenefratelli Hospital, Palermo Italy Bio.Ne.C. Department, ENT Section, Palermo Italy - 3ENT

Abstract

Introduction: The management of foreign bodies (FBs) penetrating the head and neck district is a condition rare but at risk for the patient’s life because this district is particularly rich in vital structures. Therefore, their management requires a multidisciplinary approach.

Materials and methods: In this study we retrospectively examine two emblematic cases among 183 that occurred in our hospital from January 2008 to December 2017.

Results: There were 183 cases of FBs of the head and neck district submitted to extraction with a range of age of between 18 months old and 79 years old. Of 183 patients, 112 were children, 60 were adults. The incidence was prevalent among children, with 112 cases against 60 cases in adults (including 11 post-dental care cases). Only 2 remaining cases described are characterized by the invol- vement of several districts

Conclusion: Both cases evidenced like as a multidisciplinary approach is important to minimize potential complications and sequelae

Keywords

foreign bodies, emergency, multidisciplinary approach, multidistrict

DOI:

10.19193/0393-6384_2019_1_66