, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 68–73 | Cite as

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

  • Sheena Reilly
  • Lucinda Carr


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. 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheena Reilly
    • 1
  • Lucinda Carr
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Human Communication Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, LaTrobe University, and Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaAU
  2. 2.Neuro-disability Unit, Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and Institute of Child Health, London, EnglandGB

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