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Foreign esophageal body impaction: multimodality imaging diagnosis


We report a case of a portion of bran bread impacted in the cervical esophagus in an 88-year-old woman. A complete radiologic study including ultrasonography, computed tomography, and barium swallow was performed. These techniques confirmed and localized the foreign body, which was endoscopically removed. A complete radiologic assessment can guarantee the usefulness of esophagoscopy to avoid significant morbidity from unnecessary procedures in a patient in poor clinical condition. Ultrasonography and computed tomography are attractive and profitable options in these cases.

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Marco de Lucas, E., Ruiz-Delgado, M.L., García-Barón, P.L. et al. Foreign esophageal body impaction: multimodality imaging diagnosis. Emergency Radiology 10, 216–217 (2004).

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  • Computed tomography
  • Ultrasonography
  • Esophageal foreign body
  • Esophagogram