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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 11, Issue 3, July 2014 pp 404-406

Case Report

Unusual foreign body in oesophagus:  a case report

Neha A.Suman1, Pooja Nagare2, Jaiswal S. A.3, Arati Mitra4

1,2Assistant Professor, 3Professor and HOD, 4Resident, Department of ENT, V M Government Medical College, Solapur, Maharashtra, INDIA.



Foreign body in esophagus is not a very rare entity. The main risks are to the children under 3 years of age. In this age group the second molars have not yet developed, the child’s grinding and swallowing mechanisms are poor and glottic closure is immature.Some patients at risk for foreign body ingestion may not be able to give an accurate medical history of ingestion, either due to age or mental illness. Coins are the most commonly ingested foreign bodies (FB), with button batteries, fish bone, marble, stone, and pieces of meat, etc., being other forms of ingested foreign body. In majority of cases, it is accidental in nature but can be occasionally homicidal. Patient can be asymptomatic or can present with dysphagia, drooling of saliva, foreign body sensation, vomiting or pain. Patients with long-standing esophageal foreign bodies may present with weight loss, aspiration pneumonia, fever, or signs and symptoms of esophageal perforation including crepitus, pneumomediastinum, or gastrointestinal bleeding. Here we present a case report of unusual foreign body in esophagus which was successfully removed by rigid esophagoscopy without any complication.