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Article
May 1947

UNIQUE CASE OF FOREIGN BODY IN THE ESOPHAGUS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;45(5):562-567. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690010576005
Abstract

LEST the title of this article prove misleading, let it be stated at the outset that the foreign body involved in this report is one of the commonest types found in the food passages, namely, a 25 cent piece. The extraordinary features are the manner and the site of its incarceration.

REPORT OF CASE  J. E., aged 7, accidentally swallowed a quarter. The next morning roentgenograms were made and showed the coin, somewhere in the chest, standing vertically with its long axis in the anteroposterior plane. The anterior view showed the linear shadow of the coin edgewise at about the level of the third thoracic vertebra, slightly to the left of the trachea and apparently pressing the latter structure a little to the right. The trachea is often pushed slightly to the right by the aorta also. The lateral view showed the full circular aspect of the quarter, its posterior

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