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September 1941

ESOPHAGEAL FOREIGN BODY WITH SYMPTOMS SUGGESTING OTHER THORACIC DISEASE

Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;34(3):591-592. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660040631014

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Abstract

This report presents an unusual group of symptoms caused by a foreign body in the esophagus and the difficulties attendant on establishing a correct diagnosis. The problem was further complicated by the clinical conditions simulated, which, if present would have constituted a definite contraindication to any endoscopic procedures.

REPORT OF A CASE  Mrs. M. H., aged 35, experienced a sudden severe pain in the chest, beneath the sternum, while eating soup. She had no knowledge of having swallowed a foreign body and no sensation of any object having lodged even temporarily in the throat. The soup had been made by boiling beans and spareribs. The patient denied the possibility that the ribs had been splintered previously or had disintegrated as a result of the boiling. There was no dysphagia or pain on swallowing.The pain in the chest was described as penetrating and constant, with localization in the midline and

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