Fidget spinners: most popular children's toys,same dangers as in the past...

  • Tatiana Pereira Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit, Pediatrics Department, Centro Materno Pediátrico, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João
  • Ana Reis Melo Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit, Pediatrics Department, Centro Materno Pediátrico, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João
  • Mónica Costeira Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit, Pediatrics Department, Centro Materno Pediátrico, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João
  • Isabel Pinto Pais Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit, Pediatrics Department, Centro Materno Pediátrico, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João
  • Maria Céu Espinheira Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit, Pediatrics Department, Centro Materno Pediátrico, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João
  • Eunice Trindade Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit, Pediatrics Department, Centro Materno Pediátrico, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João
  • Jorge Amil Dias Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit, Pediatrics Department, Centro Materno Pediátrico, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João
Keywords: choking, fidget spinners, foreign body

Abstract

Introduction: Fidget spinners are small rotating toys with a central disc and three tips. They are currently one of the most popular children’s toys.
Case report: The case of a seven-year-old child admitted to the Emergency Department of the local hospital due to epigastric pain following ingestion of a fidget spinner component is described. Due to presence of a foreign body in the digestive tract, an upper digestive endoscopy (EDA) was performed, and the foreign body identified in the distal esophagus was removed without complications.
Discussion/Conclusion: Although these are adequately sized toys, fidget spinners can easily be dismantled by children, allowing easy access to its components. Some units have LED lights with lithium batteries and esophageal ulcers have been described only a few hours after their ingestion. With this report, the authors aim to advise Pediatricians to actively alert parents to the potential risks of a seemingly innocent toy, based on a real case.

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Published
2019-04-11
Section
Case Reports