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September 1955

UNUSUAL CALCIFICATION OF CRICOID CARTILAGE MASQUERADING AS FOREIGN BODY IN ESOPHAGUS

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Albuquerque, N.M.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;62(3):316-318. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.03830030082015
Abstract

THERE have been numerous reports of foreign bodies of the esophagus and objects masquerading as foreign bodies of the esophagus.

Manning1 reported a case of calcified cervical node masquerading as a foreign body of the esophagus wherein a patient swallowed a bone (lamb) and an A-P roentgenogram showed an object thought to be the bone. The patient manifested clinical evidence of a bone or some sort of foreign body below the clavicle and behind the sternum. On esophagoscopy a whitish area was seen and grasped with grasping forceps without bringing out the foreign body. The final conclusion of his case was that a cervical node had calcified from some cause and was masquerading sufficiently as a foreign body to merit esophagoscopy.

REPORT OF CASE  J. N. M., aged 62, a farmer, entered the office on Dec. 7, 1953, with a complaint of pain in the throat. Pain was located

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