Published in Disease Risk Factor Week, December 13th, 2009
A new study from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center reports that beverage can stay-tabs pose a potential ingestion risk. In the 1970s, U.S. manufacturers switched to the stay-tab design after safety concerns about pull-tabs. The new study found 19 cases of stay-tab ingestion at a single institution, mainly among teenagers. Further, the study found that most ingested stay-tabs are not visible on x-rays. Ingestion of foreign bodies with sharp edges can cause injury to the gastrointestinal tract. This study will be presented by Lane F. Donnelly, M.D.
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