SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.17 issue4Impact of anti-influenza vaccination in a residential home for the elderlyClinical-epidemiological characterization of hypertension at Number-24 Doctor's Office author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




  • Have no cited articlesCited by SciELO

Related links

  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO


Revista de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río

On-line version ISSN 1561-3194


LEONARDO LINARES, Antonio María et al. Management of patients with foreign bodies into the airway and digestive tracts. Rev Ciencias Médicas [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.4, pp.73-83. ISSN 1561-3194.

Introduction: the penetration of foreign bodies into airway and digestive tracts results in serious problems, leading even to death. Objective: to determine the management of patients with foreign bodies into the airway and digestive tracts. Method: a descriptive, cross-sectional and intervention research in patients attending to the emergency room at “Abel Santamaria Cuadrado” University Hospital was carried out from 2010 to 2011. The target group and the sample were comprised of 773 patients with suspect or diagnosis of foreign bodies into the airway-digestive tracts. Biostatistics and descriptive methods along with X2 test to 95% of confidence were the methods applied. Results: 72,6% of the cases were considered of emergencies, 75,5% confirmed as having foreign bodies, ages from 0-15 prevailed (28,8%), male sex (48,5%), most of the foreign bodies were located into the hypo-pharynx (39%), where most of patients (26%) belonged to “Hermanos Cruz” University outpatient clinic. Out of the 154 esophagoscopies performed only 110 were positive. An educational strategy was designed to the Primary Health Care Professionals. Conclusions: the management of foreign bodies into the airway and digestive tracts by primary health care professionals is at present a common fact, mainly in little children, which constitutes an important health problem; in consequence an educational strategy was designed to its management in order to diminish the morbidity or mortality rates of these patients.

Keywords : Foreign bodies; Airway obstruction; Population education.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in Spanish     · Spanish ( pdf )