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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 109-111

Esophageal tear after removal of pin ended earrings from hypopharynx of a child: Case report and review of the literature

1 Department of Anesthesia, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Otolaryngiology, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohamad Said Maani Takrouri
Department of Anesthesia, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0259-1162.73518

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This report describes an interesting case of pin-ended earring, a foreign body, in a child, which could not be manipulated by rigid esophagoscope. The surgeon was able to extract it, on the suggestion of the anesthesiologist, by Magill forceps. Examination of the site of impaction of FB showed a small tear attributed to penetration of pin end of the earring. The pediatric surgeon, on post-procedure consultation, advised to follow-up the patient in pediatric intensive care unit with antibiotic prophylaxis. Chest radiograph on the following days showed opacity in the upper right chest region, which was cleared on the fourth post-operative day. This paper describes the anesthetic and operative procedural manipulations that led to safe outcome.

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