Physical Signs In Esophageal Foreign Body


Categories: FOREIGN BODIES IN THE AIR AND FOOD PASSAGES
Sources: A Manual Of Peroral Endoscopy And Laryngeal Surgery

There are no constant physical signs associated with uncomplicated

impaction of a foreign body in the esophagus. Should perforation of

the cervical esophagus occur, subcutaneous emphysema, and perhaps

cellulitis, may be found; while a perforation of the thoracic region

causing mediastinitis is manifested by toxemia, fever, and rapid

sinking. Perforation of the pleura, with the development of

pyopneumothorax, is manifested by the usual signs. It is to be

emphasized that blind bouginage has no place in the diagnosis of any

esophageal condition. The roentgenologist will give the information we

desire without danger to the patient, and with far greater accuracy.





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