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What have you eaten today?

Foreign bodies in air and food passages are the sixth most common cause of accidental death in United States. Although foreign body ingestion is common in pediatric population, its occurrence is rare in adults except in edentulous, intoxicated, psychiatric or patients with esophageal abnormality. Sharp foreign bodies in esophagus prove to be fatal unless intervened by timely and experienced intervention. We report an interesting case of an eight day old foreign body (open safety pin) perforating the esophagus which was successfully removed by rigid esophagoscopy thus avoiding invasive surgery.

Author(s): Joyce Pascal Rozario , Vishak S 3Mahesh Bhat ,George Pinto