Hong Kong Med J 2003;9:290-2 | Number 4, August 2003
Subtle perforation of the oesophagus by a foreign body
Accident and Emergency Department, North District Hospital, 9 Po Kin Road, Sheung Shui, Hong Kong
A case of subtle oesophageal perforation caused by a foreign body is described. A 48-year-old woman had had a chicken bone impacted in the upper oesophagus for 4 days. At presentation, the bone was dislodged at endoscopy, and two small round depressions at opposite sides of the oesophageal wall were visible. The chest X-ray findings were normal. Computed tomography of the thorax detected a small amount of air in the mediastinum. The water-soluble contrast swallow test showed no evidence of leakage. The patient was successfully treated using conservative measures.
Key words: Esophageal perforation; Esophagoscopy; Foreign bodies; Mediastinal emphysema
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