Ingested coin

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Ingested coin. No respiratory distress.

Patient Data

Age: 10 months
Gender: Male

Circular metallic density in keeping with a coin projects over the thoracic outlet. Lies in coronal plane. Lungs are clear with no atelectasis. 


Soft tissue neck confirms coin lies in the oesophagus, posterior to the trachea. 

Case Discussion

  • coins lying in the oesophagus tend to lie in the coronal plane, whereas coins lying in the trachea lie in the sagittal plane
  • associated features of airway foreign bodies include atelectasis or hyperinflation as well as respiratory distress
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Case information

rID: 32704
Published: 9th Dec 2014
Last edited: 23rd Dec 2015
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