Boy whose tongue got stuck in a juice bottle when he tried to lick the last few drops was freed by the same technique used to open stiff wine bottles
- His parents tried to jerk and twist his tongue, but it got stuck in a bottle
- Doctors introduced a thin cannula into the bottleneck and pumped in 60 ml of air
- Thanks to this pressure build-up, the tongue could eventually be pressed out
A seven-year-old boy whose tongue got stuck in a bottle when he tried to lick the last drops of juice was released with the help of a clever trick with an injection of air.
After his parents' attempt to jerk the bottle and to turn it away, the ailing and drooling child was taken to the Auf der Bult Children's Hospital in Hanover, Germany.
Earlier methods of freeing a tongue include cutting the glass, which can be dangerous.
But doctors Christoph Eich and Simone Arndt – inspired by a trick for uncorking a stiff wine bottle – used a cannula to pump air into the bottle that built up pressure and helped them relieve the boy's tongue.
When the boy's tongue finally came out, it had turned ugly blue due to the long cut in the blood circulation.
A seven-year-old boy's tongue was trapped in a juice bottle after he tried to lick the last few drops
When the boy's tongue finally came out, it had turned ugly blue due to the long cut in the blood circulation (pictured three hours after the liberation)
The procedure used by the doctors was to insert a 70 mm thin plastic cannula – a tube that brings liquid or gas into the body.
When the doctors pushed the bottle a little to the right, they could see where the edge of the neck touched the swollen tongue.
At this point they inserted the cannula that was connected via a plastic tube to a 20 ml syringe.
This allowed air to be introduced into the bottle and after 60 ml was pumped, sufficient pressure had been built up to squeeze out the boy's tongue.
During the procedure, the seven-year-old was mildly sedated with 0.04 mg of midazolam and 0.4 mg of esketamine.
After his tongue was released, he received prednisolone and ibuprofen and was admitted to a pediatric surgery department as a precautionary measure for 24 hours.
Doctors inserted a cannula that was connected via a tube to a 20 ml syringe, allowing air to be pumped into the bottle
The boy (pictured immediately after the liberation) was drooling but luckily had a free airway during the procedure
WHAT IS WINE POPPING?
Popping wine is a handy trick for opening bottles with stiff corks.
It is about inserting a hollow point through the center of the cork.
Via a gas bottle or a syringe, a sudden blast of air shot through the nail will cause a sudden pressure in the bottle.
This built-in pressure will loosen the cork and open the wine.
Most commercial products use carbon dioxide gas bottles not to spoil the taste of the wine.
But in this case, pumping air into the seven-year-old's mouth would not have any adverse consequences.
Dr. Eich initially tried to use the cannula as an airway to free the so-called vacuum in the bottle.
But when this had no effect, he then decided to pump air into it with the syringe.
This method was recycled from a trick that was used to uncork a wine bottle that Dr. Eich had used before.
The lead author said: & # 39; In our case, the idea of trying to inject air into the bottle to produce positive pressure was inspired by my personal memory of successfully uncorking a wine bottle while working as an anesthesia register, with using a spray and cannula technique on an occasion when no corkscrew was available! & # 39;
Wine poppers are a widely available tool that is used to open wine. It is a hollow point that pierces the cork before a sudden gas burst is released that increases the pressure and the cork pops out.
Although rare, tongue closure usually occurs in school children who are unaware of the consequences of strangulation.
After 14 days, the boy's tongue was fully recovered and returned to his normal pink color
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