Toys in the upper aerodigestive tract: New evidence on their risk as emerging from the Susy Safe Study

Francesca Foltran, Francesco Maria Passali, Paola Berchialla, Dario Gregori, Anne Pitkäranta, Ivo Slapak, Janka Jakubíková, Laura Franchin, Simonetta Ballali, Giulio Cesare Passali, Luisa Bellussi, Desiderio Passali, Dario Gregori, Francesca Foltran, Simonetta Ballali, Paola Berchialla, Hugo Rodriguez, Paola Zaupa, Peter Spitzer, Costantinos DemetriadesŠlapák Ivo Šlapák, Ljiljana Sokolova, Eleni Petridou, Antonella D'Alessandro, Manuel Antonio Caldeira Pais Clemente, Jana Jakubíková, Sebastian Van As, Ton De Koning, Desiderio Passali, Alberto Chinsky, Hugo Rodriguez, Fuad Brkic, Ranko Mladina, Olga Kalakouta, Andreas Melis, Michaela Máchalová, Per Caye-Thomasen, Enas Elsheikh, Ahmed Ragab, Anne Pitkäranta, Philippe Contencin Necker, Jocelyne Derelle, Magali Duwelz, Martine Francois, Stephane Pezzettigotta, Christian Righini, Pezzettigotta Stephane, Jane Buzarov, Roehrich Bernhard, Volker Jahnke, Petra Zieriacks, Vicky Kalampoki, Nikola Simasko, Charalampos Skoulakis, Angelo Camaioni, Cesare Cutrone, Elisa Gaudini, Domenico Grasso, Nicola Mansi, Gianni Messi, Claudio Orlando, Sabino Preziosi, Italo Sorrentini, Marilena Trozzi, Alessandro Vigo, Giuseppe Villari, Giulio Cesare Passali, Francesco Maria Passali, Yoshifumi Nishida, Gainel Ussatayeva, Ricardo De Hoyos, Foluwasayo Emmanuel Ologe, Muazzam Nasrullah, Amarilis Melendez, Mieckzyslaw Chmielik, Teresa Belchior, Mihail Dan Cobzeanu, Dan Cristian Gheorghe, Adelaida Iorgulescu, [No Value] Caius-Codrut, Miorita Toader, Barkociová Jana Barkociová, Beata Havelkova, Miha Zargi, Felix Pumarola, Lorenzo Rubio, Pontus Stierna, Wei Chung Hsu, Sakda Arj-Ong, Chulathida Chomchai, Lennaert Hoep, Rico Rinkel, Erdinc Aydin Baskent, Volkan Sarper Erikci, Metin Onerci, John Graham, Sadie Khwaja, Christopher Raine

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Foreign body (FB) inhalation, aspiration or ingestion are relatively common events in children. Despite many efforts made in several countries to achieve acceptable safety levels for consumer products devoted to children, small toys or toy parts are still frequently mentioned among risky foreign bodies. The aim of the present study is to characterize the risk of complications and prolonged hospitalization due to toys inhalation, aspiration or ingestion according to age and gender of patients, FB characteristics, circumstances of the accident, as emerging from the Susy Safe Registry. The Susy Safe Registry started in the 2005 to collect data to serve as a basis for a knowledge-based consumer protection activity. It is actually one of the wider databases collecting foreign body injuries in the upper aero-digestive tract in pediatric patients. It is distinguished by a deep characterization of objects which caused the injuries and a multi-step quality control procedure which assures its reliability.Preventive strategies imposing a regulation of industrial production, even if fundamental, are not sufficient and need to be integrated along with other intervention addressed to make aware caregivers toward a proper surveillance of children.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - May 14 2012


  • Aspiration
  • Toys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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