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April 1938

MASSACHUSETTS EYE AND EAR INFIRMARY

Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;27(4):494-503. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650030505014

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Abstract

Foreign Body in the Esophagus. Dr. H. G. Tobey, Dr. P. Mysel and Dr. H. D. Smith.  This is the case of a 2 month old infant who swallowed a small safety pin one week before his entry to this hospital. He was rushed to the hospital at Brattleboro, Vt. There he seemed to be having a little difficulty in swallowing but no other symptoms. He was sent here, where roentgenograms showed a small pin in the upper third of the esophagus. It was a small pin; the point was to the left and had not penetrated the wall. The day after the patient's entry the esophagoscope was used by Dr. Mysel.

DISCUSSION  Dr. P. Mysel: This baby had swallowed the pin one week before I saw him. It seemed to me that it was wise not to attempt to close the pin and extract it by way of the

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