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December 1959

Foreign Body of Retropharyngeal Space

Author Affiliations

Toledo, Ohio

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1959;70(6):793-794. doi:10.1001/archotol.1959.00730040807013

Although pharyngeal and esophageal foreign bodies are not uncommon, the following unusual foreign body is reported because of its unique site of entrance, route of passage, final location, and interesting history.

Report of Case  The patient was a 64-year-old white man who was first seen by his physician in January, 1957, complaining of a feeling of constriction in his throat and soreness which had persisted for the previous month. He was referred to an otolaryngologist, who reported his throat to be normal.In October, 1957, he was involved in an automobile accident in which his car was struck from behind. He sustained what was diagnosed as the whiplash type of injury. He continued to have persistent cervical pain but no dysphagia or expectoration of blood. Because of the continuing symptoms, x-rays were taken which revealed the presence of a nail apparently in the throat (Figs. 1 and 2). At the

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