Ingested coin

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Ingested coin. No respiratory distress.

Patient Data

Age: 10 months
Gender: Male
Modality: X-ray

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

Modality: X-ray

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
Case created: 9th Dec 2014
Last edited: 23rd Dec 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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