Laryngeal foreign body - fish bone

Case contributed by Dr Liter Nguri

Presentation

Pain on the left side of the neck. History of fish bone ingestion a few days back.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Female

A linear hyperdense structure (fish bone) measuring about (2.6 * 0.2 cm) is noted lying horizontally in the left paraglottic space about 6 mm up the superior margin of the left lamina of the thyroid cartilage.

Associated soft tissue thickening with loss of adjacent facial planes suggesting inflammation.

The rest of the study is unremarkable.

Case Discussion

Foreign body impaction in the larynx is not uncommon and if not detected early can lead to abscess formation, airway obstruction or perforation of the larynx.

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Case information

rID: 73763
Published: 22nd Jan 2020
Last edited: 22nd Jan 2020
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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