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Unusual case of retrosternal chest pain: a twist in the tale
  1. Irene Mary Ike1,
  2. Sanjan Asanaru Kunju2,
  3. Priya Pattath Sankaran3 and
  4. Neenu Prasad1
  1. 1Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
  2. 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
  3. 3Department of Radiodiagnosis, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sanjan Asanaru Kunju; sanjan.a{at}manipal.edu

Abstract

A 62-year-old man was referred to the emergency department with retrosternal chest pain for 4 days. Coronary angiogram and ECG showed no occlusion of coronary vessels. Contrast-enhanced CT of thorax showed b/l pleural effusion, pneumomediastinum, right hydropneumothorax, with the underlying collapse of lungs and intercostal drainage tube in situ. Intercostal tube showed purulent discharge. Repeat oral contrast did not show any leakage through the upper gastrointestinal tract, and the patient is admitted to the intensive care unit following endotracheal intubation. However, an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, performed at the bedside in the intensive care unit unexpectedly revealed a foreign body (piece of coconut shell) impacted at the lower oesophagus. The foreign body was removed successfully using oesophagoscopy, and the patient made a full recovery following multidisciplinary teamwork between critical care and surgeons.

  • emergency medicine
  • endoscopy
  • oesophagus

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Footnotes

  • Contributors SAK: initially managed the patient. PPS: interpretation of the CT scan and made the radiological diagnosis. IMI, NP and SAK: literature search. PPS: contributed to the proper radiographic images. IMI and NP: wrote the article. IMI: guarantor. IMI, NP and SAK: revised the draft paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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