Gerald Parisutham Sebastian*, Rajeswari Subbarayan and Selvarajan Nagarajan
Department of Otolaryngology, Thanjavur Medical College, IndiaFulltext PDF
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is defined as illness caused by novel coronavirus now called SARSCoV2. Foreign bodies in aero-digestive tract are life threatening and are of frequent occurrence during COVID-19 Lock down. Otolaryngologists are exposed to high risk aerosol generating emergency procedures like tracheostomies and in rigid endoscopy procedures in retrieval of foreign bodies. The decision of waiting for COVID-19 RT-PCR report before the emergency procedure is still a debate. We followed strict safety protocols like personal protective equipment, face shield, goggles and N-95 masks during the procedures performed in operation theatre. This case study observes surpassed foreign bodies in ear, nose, throat and some of the challenges of otolaryngologist during the triage of procedures performed for retrieval with safety precautions during this COVID-19 pandemic lock down.
COVID-19; SARS-Cov-2; Aero-digestive tract; PPE; N-95,Covid; Corona Virus; Coronavirus disease 2019
Sebastian GP, Subbarayan R, Nagarajan S. Foreign Bodies Surpassed in Ear, Nose, Throat during COVID-19 Lockdown: Triage and Challenges. Ann Clin Otolaryngol. 2020;5(2):1045.