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Bean sprout impaction in the pharynx: Two cases of this unusual foreign body

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September 1, 2009
by Dulani Mendis, DOHNS, MRCS and Simon Thorne, DLO, MRCSEd


We report 2 cases of bean sprout impaction in the pharynx. To the best of our knowledge, pharyngeal impaction of a bean sprout has not been previously described in the literature. We also comment on the theoretical infective risks associated with the long-term impaction of organic foreign bodies and the validity of a thorough ENT examination, even when the foreign body appears to be insignificant.

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