A case of the long time presence of a large foreign body in esophagus without complication

Document Type : CASE REPORT


1 Department of Thoracic Surgery, Al Zahra Hospital, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2 Isfahan Medical Students Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


Dentures are common accidentally ingested foreign bodies (FBs), especially in the aged population. It is usual for a FB to be swallowed in adults and lodge in the esophagus; however, it is unusual for a denture to remain in esophagus for a period of 9 months without any complication. We present, a 57-year-old deaf mute man swallowed his denture with the chief complaint of dysphagia and odynophagia only after 9 months. Although multiple attempts for removing the denture by rigid esophagoscopy were done, it entered the stomach, so gastrotomy was performed and the patient recovered uneventfully. In all cases with suspicion of esophageal FB, rigid esophagoscopy seems necessary, but in some unusual cases, large FBs may be remained in esophagus for a long time without perforation.


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