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February 14, 1925

RETROPHARYNGEAL ABSCESS FROM LODGMENT OF FOREIGN BODY IN ESOPHAGUS: A NEW DIAGNOSTIC SIGN OF ESOPHAGEAL FOREIGN BODY

Author Affiliations

Philadelphia Associate Professor, Bronchoscopy and Esophagoscopy, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
From the Bronchoscopic Clinic, University Hospital.

JAMA. 1925;84(7):511-512. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26620330006011e

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Abstract

The occurrence of a retropharyngeal abscess as a complication of a foreign body in the esophagus is very rare. In the surgical consideration of retropharyngeal abscess in a number of standard works consulted, lodgment of an esophageal foreign body is not mentioned as an etiologic factor.

REPORT OF CASE  A woman, aged 65, who had had no previous difficulty in swallowing, had a sticking sensation in the pharynx while eating fish; she choked, gagged, and regurgitated a portion of the food she was attempting to swallow. The sticking sensation persisted and was localized in the left side of the neck at the level of the cricoid cartilage. She was unable to swallow solid or soft food, and liquids were swallowed only in small quantity and with great difficulty.Dr. G. Mason Astley was called and examined the pharynx, larynx and hypopharynx by means of a mirror, and excluded the presence

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