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December 1942

INHALATION OF A FOREIGN BODYReport of Two Unusual Cases

Arch Otolaryngol. 1942;36(6):944-946. doi:10.1001/archotol.1942.03760060184012

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Abstract

The following cases are reported because of unusual conditions in relation to them. The first case is that of a foreign body, a small three stone ring, in the esophagus of a child, the presence of which was unrecognized for more than six years. The second case is interesting because of the confusion caused by the presence of a foreign body in the external tissues, which was discovered at the time another foreign body was inhaled.

REPORT OF CASES  Case 1.—A girl aged 7 years was admitted for tonsillectomy to the otolaryngologic service of the Boston City Hospital on Feb. 10, 1942, with the diagnosis of chronic hypertrophied tonsils. A routine preoperative roentgenogram of the thymus failed to show enlargement of the gland but did reveal a "ring-shaped shadow in the midesophagus." There was no history of difficulty in swallowing or breathing and no evidence that the presence of the

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