Foreign Body and Caustic Substance Ingestion in Childhood.

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This is an excellent article from BJA education that explores a general approach to a child presenting with a possible high-risk ingestion. In a concise fashion, expected examination findings, red flags as well as the principles of management are explored. The article concludes with a review of the anaesthetic challenges of treating paediatric patients after the ingestion of caustic agents, batteries and magnets. For those looking to refresh and review their understanding of the mechanism of injury and anaesthetic management of ingestion of these agents, the article is recommended.

Reviewed by Dr Renee Burton