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Swallowed mussel shell

Case contributed by Dr Derek Smith


Sudden onset of pain while eating a shellfish pasta dish. Still able to swallow solids and liquids, but ongoing discomfort ? foreign body

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Female

Density in the soft tissues anterior to the C6 vertebral body. Sharp contour, suspicious for shell fragment. Some associated soft tissue swelling.

Case Discussion

In theater, a lodged fragment of mussel shell was confirmed and removed with ease. No immediate or long term complications.

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Case information

rID: 64444
Published: 22nd Nov 2018
Last edited: 22nd Oct 2020
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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