Foreign body (chicken bone) in oropharynx

Case contributed by Dr Dario Giambelluca

Presentation

Foreign body sensation in the throat after eating chicken and swallowing a bone.

Patient Data

Age: 27
Gender: Male
Modality: CT

No evidence on X-Ray imaging of foreign body in the gastro-intestinal system.

Modality: CT

CT perfomed without IV contrast to help detect foreign body.

In correspondence of the left wall of the oropharynx, near the tonsillar region, you can appreciate a linear, hyperdense formation, with maximum diameter of 8 mm, to attribute to a foreign body.

Case Discussion

Most foreign body pass through the gastrointestinal tract without any consequence.

X-Ray is rarely helpful in making a diagnosis for small ingested items, instead a CT scan is more useful to detect foreign bodies or complications arising from them.

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Case Information

rID: 49011
Case created: 5th Nov 2016
Last edited: 5th Nov 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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