It is not frequent that the occasion arises when a bone in the esophagus cannot be removed by the usual methods which have been described in various textbooks and treatises on the subject. I was prompted to report this case because I felt that it offered a certain new method or concept of removing certain types of thin, stellate-shaped bones from the esophagus. It is true that this may occur infrequently when the average broncho-esophagologist may have such a peculiarly or unusually shaped foreign body to remove. A review of the literature does not reveal this method, which will be described in detail as a case report.
Matheson,1 in reviewing over 600 cases, did not mention any unusual problems in removing bones. Jackson and Jackson,2 in reviewing over 3,000 cases of all types of foreign bodies, did not mention any unusual procedure carried out in removing bones. Norris,