Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Chronically embedded foreign bodies can lead to perforations, mediastinitis, and abscess, amongst a host of other complications. A 20-year-old mentally challenged female presented with "something stuck in her throat," severe dysphagia, and recurrent vomiting. Initial imaging was unremarkable; however, subsequent imaging and esophagogastroduodenoscopy two weeks later revealed an embedded pork bone. Surgery was performed to remove the bone and fix the subsequent esophageal perforation and esophagus-innominate artery fistula. This case helps reinforce the urgency in removing an ingested foreign body and the ramifications that may arise with chronically embedded foreign bodies.
Berry AC, Draganov PV, Patel BB, Avalos DJ, Reuther WL, Ravilla A, Berry BB, Monzel MJ. Embedded Pork Bone Causing Esophageal Perforation and an Esophagus-Innominate Artery Fistula. Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine. 2014; 2014. doi: 10.1155/2014/969862.