The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

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ISSN / EISSN : 0022-2151 / 1748-5460
Published by: Cambridge University Press (CUP) (10.1017)
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J H Lee, S J Kim
The Journal of Laryngology & Otology pp 1-7;

Foreign bodies in the ear, nose and throat commonly necessitate emergency department visits. This retrospective study was conducted on emergency department visits from January 2010 to December 2019 to determine characteristics and clinical prognoses of ENT patients. Patients were divided into three groups according to foreign-body entry route; patient characteristics and clinical findings were compared between groups. Of 676 142 emergency department visits, 10 454 were because of ENT-related foreign bodies. The mean (± standard deviation) age of subjects was 24.0 (± 23.4) years, and 5176 patients were male (49.5 per cent). The most common entry route was the mouth (74.5 per cent). Most patients (97.1 per cent) were discharged after emergency treatment. Intensive care and in-hospital mortality occurred only in the mouth group. Clinical findings differ depending on foreign-body entry route. After emergency treatment, most patients were discharged; some cases presented serious complications.
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