Abstract

Foreign body ingestion is a commonly seen medical emergency in children. Retropharyngeal abscess and mediastinitis are well-documented complications from foreign body ingestion, which reflects the importance of early diagnosis. The neck radiograph is the most significant radiographic examination performed in a child with a suspected pharyngeal lesion. We report a case where the initial malpositioned lateral view neck radiograph failed to detect a potentially serious esophageal foreign body. A second lateral view neck radiograph discovered a mass of foreign body in the upper esophagus, which was found to be a chicken bone during surgery. The case suggests that a properly positioned neck radiograph is the most important examination in the initial evaluation of a child with suspected foreign body ingestion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-100
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine(Taiwan)
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

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Foreign Bodies
Neck
Eating
Retropharyngeal Abscess
Mediastinitis
Esophagus
Early Diagnosis
Chickens
Emergencies
Bone and Bones

Keywords

  • Foreign body ingestion
  • Neck radiograph
  • Retropharyngeal abscess

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Esophageal Foreign Body : A Case Report. / Chen, Wei Chuan; Lee, Fei Peng; Lee, Chi Ming; Chen, Chung Ming.

In: Journal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine(Taiwan), Vol. 3, No. 2, 04.2011, p. 99-100.

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