What medical hazard exists from outdoor grills?
Background: Esophageal foreign bodies are frequently encountered in the primary care and emergency department setting and commonly require otolaryngology consultation for removal. In children, coins are the most common esophageal foreign body; in adults, fish bone ingestion is most commonly reported. Wire bristles used to clean outdoor grills are a lesser known hazard. These can be inadvertently left on the grill and end up in grilled food.
Explore this issue:October 2012
Study design: Six case studies at one institution.
Setting: Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Penn.