Introduction: Foreign body presentations in otolaryngology clinic are common and 11% of these were in emergency room of ENT hospitals. Paediatric populations were more commonly suffered from the ENT foreign bodies although adults were also suffered. Earlier studies have been done to found the prevalence, diagnosis, treatment and complication related to ENT foreign bodies, however in recent past none of the studies were conducted in our hospital. Hence this study will plan to find out the prevalence among childrens and adults.
Objective: To evaluate the prevalence of ENT foreign bodies in paediatric and adult population along with its types, lodgment in different sites and clinical findings.
Materials and Methods: The present study was conducted in ENT department, Chhindwara Institute of Medical Sciences, Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh. Total number of patients attending ENT OPD and casuality were 354 between May 2018 to May 2021 included in present study. In collected data, demographic evaluation, different types of foreign bodies, their lodgment site and clinical features were evaluated.
Results: In our study maximum incidence were noted for foreign bodies of Nose 48.3% followed by 40.3% and 11.3% of Ear and Throat respectively and more common in 0-10 years of age in children with higher percentage of Nasal foreign bodies 34.7%. The types of foreign bodies which were common in both the children and adults were related to foodstuffs.
Conclusion: Presence of ENT foreign bodies are more common in children and type and site of lodgment of foreign bodies varied in different age band.
ENT foreign bodies, Prevalence, Children, Hydrophobic