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May 1957

Esophagoscopy for Removal of Foreign Body in a Seven-Month-Old Premature Infant

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Bronchology, Mercy Hospital.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1957;65(5):521-522. doi:10.1001/archotol.1957.03830230097017

This case is interesting for two reasons: first, because of the unusual type of foreign body and the manner in which it occurred; secondly, because we believe it is the youngest person on whom an esophagoscopy for removal of a foreign body has been performed.

Report of Case  The patient was a 7-month-old premature male twin, seen in a neighboring hospital. At birth both the patient and his female twin presented normal physical findings, but because of their prematurity they were placed in incubators. The patient seemed to be progressing nicely, when suddenly on the fifth postpartem day, a few minutes after receiving a feeding, he developed marked regurgitation of the feeding, associated with cough and dyspnea. Physical examination at this time revealed a slightly cyanotic infant with a respiratory rate of 50 perminute, pulse rates of 140 per minute, and a rectal temperature of 104 F. Ausculation of the

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