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Embedded pork bone causing esophageal perforation and an esophagus-innominate artery fistula

Embedded pork bone causing esophageal perforation and an esophagus-innominate artery fistula

Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine 2014: 969862

Chronically embedded foreign bodies can lead to perforations, mediastinitis, and abscess, amongst a host of other complications. A 20-year-old mentally challenged female presented with "something stuck in her throat," severe dysphagia, and recurrent vomiting. Initial imaging was unremarkable; however, subsequent imaging and esophagogastroduodenoscopy two weeks later revealed an embedded pork bone. Surgery was performed to remove the bone and fix the subsequent esophageal perforation and esophagus-innominate artery fistula. This case helps reinforce the urgency in removing an ingested foreign body and the ramifications that may arise with chronically embedded foreign bodies.

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PMID: 25157322

DOI: 10.1155/2014/969862

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