Keywords : Foreign body


Hypopharyngeal Foreign Body in A 9-months-Old Male Baby

Raid M Al-Ani

The Medical Journal of Basrah University, 2020, Volume 38, Issue 2, Pages 127-130
DOI: 10.33762/mjbu.2020.127476.1023

Fishbone is the commonest pharyngeal foreign body in Asia. However, uncommon types also were reported in the literature. A 9-months-old male infant presented with crying, dysphagia and excessive salivation. Plain X-ray of the cervical spine lateral view confirmed the diagnosis of a metallic foreign body in the hypopharynx. The foreign body was extracted under general anesthesia without complications. A high index of suspicion from the caregiver and early intervention from the dealing doctor are crucial to avoid unwanted complications of pharyngeal foreign bodies' impaction. In conclusion, we reported a rare hypopharyngeal foreign body (the door of the Simcard room of an old fashion mobile phone) in a 9-months-old boy. Fishbone is the commonest pharyngeal foreign body in Asia. However, uncommon types also were reported in the literature. A 9-months-old male infant presented with crying, dysphagia and excessive salivation. Plain X-ray of the cervical spine lateral view confirmed the diagnosis of a metallic foreign body in the hypopharynx. The foreign body was extracted under general anesthesia without complications. A high index of suspicion from the caregiver and early intervention from the dealing doctor are crucial to avoid unwanted complications of pharyngeal foreign bodies' impaction. In conclusion, we reported a rare hypopharyngeal foreign body (the door of the Simcard room of an old fashion mobile phone) in a 9-months-old boy.