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CASE REPORT
Usual suspects: the foreign bodies of the aerodigestive tract
  1. K Devaraja,
  2. Dipak Ranjan Nayak,
  3. Ajay M Bhandarkar,
  4. Poorvi V Sharma
  1. Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr K Devaraja, deardrdr{at}gmail.com

Summary

This case series is about four different foreign bodies lodged in different locations of the aerodigestive tract. All four cases had delayed diagnosis due to inconspicuous history. Radiology in the form of computed tomography aided the appropriate diagnosis in most of these cases. Though all four patients have been successfully managed by removal of foreign body, not all of them have identical outcomes. A brief discussion about predictive factors in the fish bone foreign body has been included. The authors also discuss certain critical aspects of the management, which may aid in reducing the morbidity. We emphasise on the high index of suspicion in peculiar cases and on the low threshold for radiological investigation in doubtful clinical scenarios.

  • ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • emergency medicine
  • paediatrics
  • gastroenterology
  • respiratory medicine
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  • Contributors KD involved in the management of all the cases in the manuscript along with data collection, literature review, manuscript preparation, editing and submission. DRN involved in data collection, literature review, manuscript preparation, editing and submission. AMB involved in the management of a case in the manuscript along with data collection, literature review, manuscript preparation, editing and submission. PS involved in the management of a case in the manuscript along with data collection, literature review, manuscript preparation, editing and submission.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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

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