Research Article: Fragmentation of Esophageal Foreign Body With the Holmium: YAG Laser

Date Published: May 05, 2020

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer

Author(s): Carolina Mangas-Sanjuan, Lucía Medina-Prado, Sandra Baile-Maxía, Juan Martínez, Juan Antonio Casellas, José Ramón Aparicio.


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A 78-year-old man was admitted with hypersalivation and inability to swallow liquids after accidental foreign body ingestion. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy identified a flat and sharp-pointed chicken bone lodged in the distal esophagus (Figure 1). Initial endoscopic removal with a variety of devices (retrieval forceps, polypectomy snares, and even rigid esophagoscopy) was ineffective. An inflated wire-guided balloon dilator was also unsuccessful in retrieving the bone. Computed tomography revealed the absence of esophageal perforation, and 12 hours after admission, the patient was referred to our center.

Author contributions: C. Mangas-Sanjuan wrote the manuscript and is the article guarantor. L. Medina-Prado, S. Baile-Maxía, J. Martinez, JA Casellas, and JR Aparicio revised the manuscript for intellectual content and approved the final manuscript.