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American Journal of the Medical Sciences:
doi: 10.1097/MAJ.0b013e31819e8791
Review Article

Numismedica: Health Problems Caused by Coins

Olive, Kenneth E. MD, FACP

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Abstract

Coins occasionally cause health problems. These have a wide range of presentations and can affect multiple organ systems. This article presents a review of the medical literature addressing health problems caused by coins. These problems can be categorized as follows: (1) respiratory manifestations of ingested coins, (2) gastrointestinal manifestations of swallowed coins, (3) systemic effects of swallowed coins, (4) clinical management of swallowed coins, (5) allergic manifestations of coin exposure, and (6) miscellaneous health issues related to swallowed coins.

© Copyright 2009 Southern Society for Clinical Investigation

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