Laryngeal foreign body (chicken bone)

Case contributed by Dr Derek Smith


Sudden onset throat pain while eating chicken. Some odynophagia but still managing to swallow food and liquids.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Female

XR neck soft tissue - thin 10 mm opacity projecting vertically over the pyriform fossae and into the hypopharynx.

No soft tissue swelling or gas.

Annotated image

Arrowed suspected foreign body.

Case Discussion

The patient was transferred from ED to an ENT center. By the time of flexible nasoendoscopy, minor pharyngeal trauma only and no foreign body were evident.

This was probably a chicken bone that was lodged, then swallowed, with no further complaint.

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Case information

rID: 62106
Published: 1st Aug 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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