Foreign Body

Minimally invasive drainage of a posterior mediastinal abscess through the retropharyngeal space: A report of 2 cases

March 2, 2015     Dan Lu, MD; Yu Zhao, MD, PhD
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Abstract

Foreign-body ingestion is a common cause of esophageal perforation, which can lead to a fatal posterior mediastinal abscess. Routine treatments include the drainage of pus through the esophageal perforation, thoracotomy, and videothoracoscopic drainage. We present 2 cases of posterior mediastinal abscess caused by esophageal perforation. Both patients-a 44-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man-were successfully treated with a novel, minimally invasive approach that involved draining pus through the retropharyngeal space; drainage was supplemented by the administration of broad-spectrum antibiotics and nasal feeding.

The harm of ham hocks: Foreign body impaction in long-standing multiple sclerosis

March 2, 2015     Anish Patel, MD; Jacqueline Weinstein, MD; Mandy Weidenhaft, MD; Enrique Palacios, MD, FACR
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The incidence of foreign body impaction in neurologic dysfunctional swallowing, such as in multiple sclerosis (MS), has been not widely reported.

Maxillary sinus cyst containing a bone chip

March 2, 2015     Jae-Hoon Lee, MD
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If bone fragments in the sinus can be removed, the patient's prognosis is usually excellent.

Bronchoscopic extraction of a chicken bone 5 years after aspiration

January 19, 2015     Parth Shah, MD; Angela Han, BA; Rishin Patel, MD; Paul Howlett, MD; Scott Akers, MD; Mitchell Margolis, MD; Sunil Singhal, MD
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A 58-year-old man with a remote history of choking on a chicken bone 5 years earlier presented with chronic cough but had no remarkable clinical examination findings. He was being followed for recurrent pneumonias complicated by a resistant empyema, for which he had undergone thoracotomy and decortication. Imaging studies initially missed a foreign body (the chicken bone), which was found on follow-up studies and was removed with a flexible bronchoscope despite the fact that 5 years had passed since the aspiration.

Fish bone impaction in the supraglottis

October 17, 2014     Willis S.S. Tsang, FRCSEd(ORL); John K.S. Woo, FRCS(ORL); C. Andrew van Hasselt, M Med (Otol)
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The most common sites of fish bone impaction are the tonsils, tonsillar pillars, tongue base, valleculae, and piriform fossa. Impaction in the supraglottic area is extremely uncommon.

Ear mold impression material as an aural foreign body

September 17, 2014     Yu-Hsuan Lin, MD; Ming-Yee Lin, MD, PhD
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Physicians should not rush indiscriminately into action without a careful otoscopic examination and a detailed history, to discern whether a patient has abnormal anatomy and is at risk for complications.

An unusual presentation of anterior subglottic stenosis

June 8, 2014     Harry V. Wright, MD; Kenneth C. Fletcher, MD
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Acquired subglottic stenosis should be suspected in any patient with unexplained dyspnea weeks to months following decannulation.

A "nail-biting" case of an airway foreign body

May 7, 2014     Parker A. Velargo, MD; Jennifer D. McLevy, MD
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While cases of large, completely obstructing foreign bodies in the subglottis would lead to sudden respiratory distress, the initial presentation of smaller foreign bodies in the subglottis can be quite similar to croup, presenting with biphasic stridor, cough, and/or the steeple sign.

Medial migration of a tympanostomy tube

December 20, 2013     Alejandro Vazquez, MD; Robert W. Jyung, MD
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Glass in the frontal sinus: 28-year delayed presentation

October 23, 2013     Alice K. Guidera, MBChB, BSc; Peter M. Dixon, MBBS, FRCS; Hans R. Stegehuis, MBChB, FRACS
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Reports of delayed presentation of foreign bodies in the frontal sinus are infrequent and likely to become rarer with the widespread availability of computed tomography in the last 2 decades. We present a case in which glass from a road traffic injury was found in the frontal sinus, causing symptoms of frontal sinusitis 28 years after the initial injury. We also present a review of the literature.

Ice-cream stick injury resembling torus palatinus

September 18, 2013     Rumi Khajotia, MBBS, MD, FAMA, FAMS; S.T. Kew, FRCP
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The size of a torus palatinus usually varies from barely discernible to very large, and it may be flat or lobular.

Migration of a fish bone from the upper aerodigestive tract to the skin of the neck: A case report

August 21, 2013     Ramanuj Sinha, MS, DNB; Indranil Sen, MS; Jayanta Saha, MS; Ankur Mukherjee, MS; and Ruma Guha, MS
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We describe an unusual case of a migratory foreign body (fish bone) in the neck of a 45-year-old woman. The 2.1-cm bone migrated from the esophagus and traversed through the entire soft tissue of the neck, and it almost extruded through the skin of the neck. With the patient under local anesthesia, the foreign body was easily extracted through an incision over the skin.

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