J Korean Soc Emerg Med.  2015 Jun;26(3):e30-e33. 10.0000/jksem.2015.26.3.e30.

Esophageal Perforation with Delayed Detection of a Foreign Body: A Case Report

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea. iqtus@hanmail.net

Abstract

Foreign body ingestion in adults is not uncommon in the emergency department. Careful history taking is a key element of correct diagnosis and physical examination should be followed by use of radiographic approaches. We report on a case of esophageal perforation related to the presence of a foreign body in the esophagus. After radiographic studies, the patient was diagnosed as an esophageal perforation. Through an endoscopic approach, we found that the cause of the perforation was a foreign body in the esophagus. Emergency physicians should understand various presentations of foreign bodies in the esophagus and make a proper decision regarding treatment.

Keyword

Esophageal Perforation; Foreign Bodies; Endoscopy
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