Nicholas J. Belitsos, MD
To the Editors: I read with interest the report by Buto and colleagues (1) describing bay leaf impactions in the esophagus. A technician in our endoscopy unit had phoned a week earlier reporting severe pain in the midchest after eating chicken cacciatori. She had the sensation of swallowing a chicken bone and was convinced this was the source of her pain. When seen in the emergency room, she was in extreme distress; even breathing accentuated the pain. Endoscopy revealed a sizable bay leaf wedged in the mid-esophagus. The rim of the bay leaf had cut into the esophageal musculature. The
Belitsos NJ. Bay Leaf Impaction. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:483–484. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-6-483_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(6):483-484.
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