Yonsei Med J.  2005 Oct;46(5):724-728. 10.3349/ymj.2005.46.5.724.

Barotraumatic Perforation of Pharyngoesophagus by Explosion of a Bottle into the Mouth

  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Chonnam National University Medical School & Hospital, Gwangju, Korea. limsc@chonnam. ac.kr


Pharyngoesophageal perforation from an exploding bottle is an extremely rare injury. To date, twenty-four cases have been documented in English literature. In this study, we reported two additional cases of pharyngoesophageal perforation by a bottle exploding in the mouth. Explosion of the bottle occurred when the patients removed the cap of a home-made wine bottle with their teeth, which resulted in pharyngoesophageal perforation. The patients were managed by conservative treatment and operative repair, respectively. Both patients had an uneventful recovery. Possible mechanisms and preventive measures are discussed in this study, along with a review of the literature.


Explosion; bottle; pharynx; esophagus; perforation
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