Food and a variety of other swallowed objects can become impacted in the pharynx or upper esophagus.
In children, these objects apart from food can be play objects, toy pieces, coins, safety pins; fish bones, poorly chewed meat, dentures mainly in adults.
Sharp objects may be arrested in the
oropharynx, most others at the
- Dysphagia, drooling of saliva, cough at times.
- Perforation of oesophagus, mediastinitis, aspiration pneumonitis
- Radiogragh of neck and chest
- To remove foreign body expeditiously
- Removal under local anaesthetic if object visualised in oropharynx
- Removal under general anaesthetic
with oesophagoscopy if object is in hypopharynx or cervical oesophagus
- Antibiotic prophylaxis if indicated (Amoxicillin)