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May 1955

AN UNUSUAL FOREIGN BODY (SANDBUR) IN THE PYRIFORM SINUS

Author Affiliations

Coral Gables, Fla.
From the Department of Surgery, Veterans Administration Hospital.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(5):584. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020601009
Abstract

Anyone who has walked through the fields is familiar with sandburs, and knows how painful they can be when they contact the exposed extremities. This is a report of a man who accidentally swallowed two sandburs.

The patient came to the hospital one evening complaining of a sharp pain in the left side of his neck. The pain began while he and a friend were drinking coffee. Since the pain started suddenly and was localized to a small area, the two men thought that a sliver of glass had been swallowed. They became alarmed and rushed to the hospital. On the way over, the patient expectorated a profuse amount of blood-tinged sputum and noted that he was comfortable only if he kept his neck rigidly flexed to the left.

The pharynx was anesthetized, and a short esophageal speculum was introduced. Two sandburs (Figure) were seen embedded in the left pyriform

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