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  • UNSUSPECTED ESOPHAGEAL FOREIGN-BODIES IN ADULTS WITH UPPER AIRWAY-OBSTRUCTION CHEST Handler, S. D., BEAUGARD, M. E., Canalis, R. F., Fee, W. E. 1981; 80 (2): 234-237

    Abstract:

    Esophageal foreign bodies rarely cause respiratory distress in adults. While it is well known that upper airway obstruction can occur with esophageal foreign bodies in children, the otorlaryngologic literature mentions little of this problem in older patients. Two adults with airway obstruction from unsuspected esophageal foreign bodies are described, with emphasis on the problems of diagnosis and management. The possibility of an unsuspected esophageal foreign body should be kept in mind during the evaluation of respiratory distress in an adult, especially in one who is a poor historian or has a history of a psychiatric disorder. Early endoscopic removal in the treatment of choice, although esophagotomy may be required.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1981MB21200029

    View details for PubMedID 7249775

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