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November 1972

Fogarty Catheter Removal of Cervical Esophageal Meat BolusSteak-Eater's Disease

Author Affiliations

Glen Ellyn, Ill
From the Glen Ellyn (Ill) Clinic and Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Norbeck is now in practice in Rockford, Ill; Dr. Acuna is now at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago; and Dr. Rogers is now with Delnor Hospital, St. Charles, Ill.

Arch Surg. 1972;105(5):790-791. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180110107028

Two patients had meat occluding the cervical esophagus. After repeated unsuccessful attempts at removal, a Fogarty balloon catheter was passed. The meat was readily removed on withdrawal of the expanded balloon. This represents a simple technique for removal of a proximal esophageal foreign body.