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Unusual foreign body in the esophagus: A challenge for the anesthesiologist

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A foreign body in the esophagus is usually removed by endoscopy. An elder man entered the emergency room dyspneic and dysphagic. A chest X-ray showed that he had a table fork stuck in the upper esophagus. An endoscopist tried to remove it without success. After bilateral block of the superior laryngeal nerve, transtracheal injection, topical anesthesia of the mouth, and sedation, an awake laryngoscopy was carried out. Pushing the laryngoscope into the opening of the esophagus the fork was seen and extracted by the anesthesiologist. This case focuses on the role of the anesthesiologist in the removal of esophageal foreign bodies.

Keywords: Foreign bodies; radiography; therapy esophagus

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Anesthesiology of the Faculty of Medicine of Triângulo Mineiro, Uberaba-MG, Brazil

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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