FOREIGN bodies in the air and food passages are relatively common, particularly in children, but their presence in adults can by no means be ignored. The removal of foreign bodies is certainly a challenge to every endoscopist because of the variety of objects swallowed or aspirated, the technical difficulties involved, and the complications which may occur. There is an abundance of literature on the subject, with the majority coming from the larger centers, with established bronchoscopic clinics or departments. Foreign bodies in the food passages constitute from 65 to 90% of the cases, while foreign bodies in the respiratory tract constitute the remainder. The purpose of this article is to review briefly some of the unusual cases reported on the removal of foreign bodies from the esophagus and to present an unusual case of my own.
Most of the foreign bodies which are swallowed pass the gullet without difficulty. If
WATERS ZJ. EMBEDDED CALCIFIED FOREIGN BODY IN THORACIC ESOPHAGUSReview of Atypical Cases and Report of a Case. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1953;58(6):726–732. doi:10.1001/archotol.1953.00710040753010