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July 1943

PRESENCE OF CHICKEN BONE IN ESOPHAGUS FOR FIFTY-SIX DAYS

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From the Division of Otolaryngology, Henry Ford Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;38(1):60-61. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670040069007
Abstract

Moersch1 stated: "While it is true that bone tends to perforate the esophageal wall rather rapidly, it may remain in the esophagus a long time without producing a perforation." Vinson2 stated: "The esophagus is particularly intolerant to the presence of a foreign body, especially of bones."

It is generally understood that a foreign body in the esophagus is likely to perforate the wall rather readily. Bone apparently has more of a tendency to perforate than a metallic foreign body. It is felt that the following case is of interest since the foreign body, a chicken bone, was present for a relatively long time without producing dangerous complications.

REPORT OF A CASE  A white man aged 39 was admitted to the Henry Ford Hospital on Oct. 9, 1942. He stated that on Aug. 15, 1942, while eating hash, he had swallowed a sharp object, which seemed to lodge at the lower

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