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      Metallic hairpin inhalation: a healthcare problem facing young Muslim females


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          To perform an epidemiological assessment of metallic hairpin inhalation in young Muslim females and highlight the need for a health education program in this population.


          We performed a retrospective analysis of females with a history of metallic hairpin inhalation presenting to the Otolaryngology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Departments at Mansoura University Hospitals from January 2000 to October 2006.


          A total of 83 patients were identified with metallic hairpin inhalation, of which 2 were excluded as they were coughed and expelled by the patient. Ages ranged from 7 to 19 years. A history of inhaled foreign body (FB) was found in all cases but the majority of patients were asymptomatic, with only 6 patients (7%) presenting with cough. Chest x-rays confirmed the presence of metallic hairpin inhalation in all cases. The metallic hairpins were present in the trachea in 7 patients (9%), in the left bronchial tree in 43 patients (53%) and in the right bronchial tree in 31 patients (38%). Rigid bronchoscopy was performed in all patients with a retrieval rate of 80%. Repeat bronchoscopy was performed in 16 patients (20%), which was successful in 11 patients (14%). The remaining 5 patients required thoracotomy for removal of the metallic hairpin (6%).


          The significant number of inhaled metallic hairpins in young Muslim females highlights the need for a health education program in this population. Rigid bronchoscopy remains the primary tool for retrieval of these inhaled foreign bodies. However, when repeat broncoscopy is necessitated, a thoracotomy may be required.

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                J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg
                J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg
                Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
                BioMed Central
                2 August 2014
                : 43
                : 1
                : 21
                [1 ]Clinical Lecturer of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 1E4.34 Walter Mackenzie Science Center, University of Alberta, Edmonton T6G 2B7, AB, Canada
                [2 ]Otolaryngology Department, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
                [3 ]Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
                Copyright © 2014 Rizk et al.

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                : 2 December 2012
                : 25 June 2014
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