Extraluminal migration of swallowed foreign body into the neck - Case report

P. H. Chen, Jiunn-Liang Wu

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Extraluminal migration of swallowed foreign body is rare. Only a few cases were reported in the literature. We present a case of extraluminal migration of a swallowed fish bone into the neck in March 1998. A 88-year- old female was referred to our Emergent Department with the complaint of odynophagia and dysphagia after eating the fish 2 weeks ago. A detail examination did not show any evidence of foreign body in the pharynx. But a linear mass was palpable under the skin of the anterior neck. Esophagoscopy was performed and the mucosa of hypopharynx and esophagus was found to be intact without even a small laceration. So neck exploration was performed under the general anesthesia. A 2 cm long fish bone was found and pulled out gently. The postoperative period was uneventful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-553
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Otolaryngological Society of the Republic of China
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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