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,
Buto SK, Tsang T, Sielaff GW, Gutstein LL, Meiselman MS. Bay Leaf Impaction in the Esophagus and Hypopharynx. Ann Intern Med. ;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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