A new and safe technique for removing cervical esophageal foreign body

HAN S., Kayhan B., Dural K., Koçer B., Sakinci Ü.

Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology, vol.16, no.2, pp.108-110, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Journal Name: Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.108-110
  • Keywords: Esophagus, Foreign body, Surgery
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


Despite the recent advances in instrumentation and anesthesia, removal of esophageal foreign bodies remains a challenge. Endoscopic removal of foreign bodies has yielded a success rate of 80%. Surgical removal of these foreign bodies is necessary when the endoscopic manuplations fail. Localization and size of the bodies play a critical role in the method of treatment. Here we present a patient with a large stone with sharp edges located in the cervico-thoracic region which was removed after being pushed into the hypopharynx through the esophagus rather than being pushed into the stomach. The technique used proved to be effective and safe; this may be the first use of the procedure in the literature.