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Clinical Notes
January 4, 1965

An Unusual Complication of Esophageal Dilatation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School, and Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital.

JAMA. 1965;191(1):55-56. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080010061026

THE LITERATURE is replete with reports of foreign bodies in the gastrointestinal tract. The majority of these represent voluntary ingestion, while others are the result of either accident or errors in the course of treatment. The case presented represents an unusual chain of circumstances following the ingestion of an esophageal string in the course of esophageal dilatation. The author has been unable to find a similar report in the literature. The usual procedure in esophageal dilatation consists of having the patient swallow a string which is taped to the side of the face, and is subsequently used as a guide for the passage of an esophageal dilator. Following the completion of the procedure, the patient is allowed to swallow the string which normally passes through the gastrointestinal tract without incident.

Report of a Case  This 43-year-old man was admitted to Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital on Feb 18, 1964, with complaints