The catheter hub disinfection cap as esophageal foreign body

Kareem O. Tawfik, Charles M. Myer, Tasneem Shikary, Kenneth R. Goldschneider

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Disinfection caps are increasingly being used to prevent catheter-associated bloodstream infections. These devices, designed for continuous passive disinfection of catheter hubs, are typically small and often brightly colored. As such, they have the potential to become pediatric airway and esophageal foreign bodies. We report two patients who developed esophageal foreign body following ingestion of disinfection caps. Given the increasing use of these devices, it is imperative that health care providers be aware of this potential iatrogenic problem. We propose that the use of disinfection caps may not be appropriate in pediatric patients with risk factors for foreign body ingestion. Laryngoscope, 125:2820-2822, 2015

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2820-2822
Number of pages3
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • catheter-associated bloodstream infection
  • continuous passive disinfection
  • disinfection cap
  • Esophageal foreign body
  • port protector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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