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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 14(5); 2003 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2003;14(5): 708-711.
Three Cases of an Eshophageal Foreign Body Caused by Coin-shaped Rock Called Maeksum-seok
Tae Nyoung Chung, Yoo Sang Yoon, In Cheol Park, Kwang Hyun Cho, Seung Ho Kim
Department of Emergency Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. edksh@yumc.yonsei.ac.kr
Generally, the occurrence of an esophageal foreign body due to a coin-like material is rare in adults. The Maeksumseok is a kind of rock that is believed to be good for health in Korean folk medicine. Thus, people use a Maeksumseok in various ways, one of which is keeping coin-shaped Maeksum-seok in the mouth. Because of this use, it is easy to swallow a Maeksum-seok coin by accident, and a swallowed Maeksum-seok coin will easily lodge in esophagus. We experienced three cases of an esophageal foreign body caused by a Maeksum-seok coin. The patients swallowed the Maeksum-seok coin accidentally while sleeping with the Maeksum-seok coin in their mouth for health reasons. The problem is that it was hard to detect the Maeksum-seok coin by using a simple radiologic study. However, the patients in these cases complained of a sustained foreign body sensation, so we used endoscopy. The foreign bodies were easily detected and removed by endoscopy in both cases.
Key words: Foreign body, Esophagus, Coin
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