The choking hazard of grapes: a plea for awareness

Amy J. Lumsden, Jamie G. Cooper*

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Deaths from choking are a major cause of childhood mortality, especially in the very young. Whole grapes are ideally suited to cause paediatric airway obstruction and, though regularly implicated, knowledge that this popular fruit, and other similarly shaped foods, is a choking hazard is not widespread. We present the cases of three children who presented to our institution after grape aspiration. Increased dissemination of the learning points among health professionals working with children may aid in the prevention of further episodes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-374
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Issue number5
Early online date19 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


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