, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 68-73

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Foreign Body Ingestion in Children with Severe Developmental Disabilities: A Case Study

  • Sheena ReillyAffiliated withSchool of Human Communication Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, LaTrobe University, and Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • , Lucinda CarrAffiliated withNeuro-disability Unit, Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and Institute of Child Health, London, England

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Dysphagia is common in children with severe developmental disabilities. The nature of these difficulties can predispose them to foreign body ingestion. This article presents a case that highlights the need for vigilance in diagnosing dysphagia in children with multiple and complex developmental disabilities where severe cognitive impairment and an inability to communicate may mask the presence of underlying problems.

Key words: Dysphagia — Foreign body ingestion — Cornelia de Lange syndrome — Developmental disability — Deglutition — Deglutition disorders.