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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 22(2); 2011 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2011;22(2): 162-164.
A Case of Tracheal Compression Caused by a Large Foreign Body in the Esophagus
Jong Bin Lee, Ho Jung Kim, Young Soon Cho, Myung Gab Lee, Byeong Dae Yoo, Duck Ho Jun
1Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Bucheon Hospital of Soonchunhyang University, South Korea. lovelydr@schbc.ac.kr
2Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Gumi Hospital of Soonchunhyang University, South Korea.
ABSTRACT
Foreign bodies that migrate outside the esophagus into the mediastinum or soft tissues usually cause respiratory symptoms. Also, esophageal foreign body granulomas that cause tracheal stenosis, lobar atelectasis, and bronchoesophageal fistulas are reported as complications. Foreign bodies can become lodged above esophageal strictures, and chronically-embedded esophageal foreign bodies can induce stricture formation, although these are less common. This is rare case report that the trachea was directly compressed due to impacted esophagus by foreign body.
Key words: Esophagus, Foreign body, Dyspnea
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