Ornament hook stuck in infant’s throat for months led to seizures, brain lesions

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Livescience.com reports: “A 10-month-old child had an ornament hook stuck in her esophagus for several months before anyone discovered it, according to a new report of the case.”

The hook tore a hole in her esophagus, which caused an infection that spread to her brain and led to seizures, the report said. Fortunately, the child recovered after the hook was removed.

The child’s parents brought her to the emergency room after they saw her have a seizure for the first time, according to the report, published July 18 in The Journal of Emergency Medicine. By this point, the child had been sick for a while — two months earlier, she began to experience frequent fevers of up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius) along with vomiting, gagging and aversion to solid foods, according to the authors, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. During this 2-month period, the child lost more than 1 lb. (500 grams).

In the emergency room, the child had a slight fever, and blood tests showed signs of an infection. A CT scan showed six lesions in the child’s brain, with the largest measuring 1.5 inches (4 centimeters) in diameter. These turned out to be brain abscesses caused by a bacterial infection. The doctors gave the child antibiotics and drained fluid from some of the abscesses during brain surgery.

Fortunately, the child recovered after the hook was removed.

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