Desiccant-Induced Esophageal Obstruction: An Emerging Patient Safety Issue

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    Poster 1261 Desiccant-Induced Esophageal Obstruction: An Emerging Patient Safety Issue

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    Jodie A. Barkin, MD

    Author insight from Jodie A. Barkin, MD and Jamie S. Barkin, MD, MACG, University of Miami,Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Dept of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Miami, FL

    What’s new here and important for clinicians?

    • Desiccants may be found in a large variety of over the counter and prescribed medications, vitamins, and supplements.
    • Desiccants may have similar appearance, size, and shape to the desired medication or supplement.
    • Clinicians should be vigilant and promote awareness in their patients of the potential for accidental ingestion of a desiccant.
    • Prompt identification and intervention to remove a desiccant upon accidental ingestion as a foreign body should be employed.
    Jamie Barkin, MD, MACG

    Jamie Barkin, MD, MACG

    What do patients need to know?

    • Desiccants may be found in a large variety of over the counter and prescribed medications, vitamins, and supplements.
    • Desiccants may have similar appearance, size, and shape to the desired medication or supplement.
    • Care must be taken when ingesting medications or supplements to prevent accidental ingestion of a desiccant.

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    Author Contact
    Jodie A. Barkin, MD, University of Miami,Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Dept of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Miami, FL
    jabarkin@med.miami.edu

     

     

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