Foreign body in oesophagus

Case contributed by Dr Ali Nourian


A psychotic patient presented with mouth bleeding and the nurse says that the patient had ingested something!

Patient Data

Age: 32
Gender: Male

There is a radiopaque density (razor blade) about T3-T4 in esophagus.

Fortunately there are no signs of pneumothorax or pneumomediastinum.

Case Discussion

Esophageal foreign body impaction in adult usually caused by an excessive bolus of food or from impaction of an ingested bone. Bones mostly lodge in the pharynx near the cricopharyngeus.

Ingestion of a razor blade in an adult is rare.

Plain radiography, barium study, and CT are useful for evaluation of a esophageal foreign body.

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Case information

rID: 27502
Case created: 5th Feb 2014
Last edited: 4th Mar 2018
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