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July 17, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(3):168. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.92680030004008d

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A man reported to his ward surgeon that on the previous day, during a fit of depression, he had swallowed the handle of a safety razor, but did not say anything about it at the time. Roentgen-ray examination verified the patient's statement. Exploration of the esophagus failed to disclose the presence of the body or any evidence of perforation. Examination with a bronchoscope also failed. On the third day, the foreign body was coughed up spontaneously. No serious changes were produced in the lung, nor was there any interference with breathing. There were some signs of edema at the left base the day following the exploration and up to the time the foreign body was expelled. These signs had disappeared entirely within five days after exploration.

The most interesting question in connection with the case is the mechanism by which it was introduced, and how a foreign body of such

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