Stephen K. Buto, MD; Tat-Kin Tsang, MD; Gerald W. Sielaff, MD; Laurie L. Gutstein, MD; Mick S. Meiselman, MD
Foreign bodies are commonly encountered in the gastrointestinal tract. Most produce no symptoms, and only 10% to 20% fail to traverse the entire gut (1). Considerable morbidity and mortality can be related to seemingly benign foreign-body ingestion (1). The management of patients who have ingested objects has been extensively described (1, 2); however, little has been written about ingested bay leaves (3). We report five cases in which patients presented to our emergency departments with an esophageal or hypopharyngeal bay leaf impaction.
A 46-year-old man presented to Evanston Hospital in December 1987. Twenty minutes before presentation,
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Buto SK, Tsang T, Sielaff GW, Gutstein LL, Meiselman MS. Bay Leaf Impaction in the Esophagus and Hypopharynx. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:82-83. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-1-82
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(1):82-83.
Esophageal Disorders, Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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