Indexed on: 07 Aug '03Published on: 07 Aug '03Published in: The Journal of laryngology and otology
Foreign bodies of the upper aerodigestive tract are common problems dealt with by the otolaryngologist. Among all foreign bodies in the oesophagus, an open safety pin still presents a challenge for the ENT specialists because of its propensity to pierce the oesophagus and surrounding structures. We present an interesting case of a long-standing foreign body i.e. an open safety pin, which, after piercing the hypopharynx, caused fatal common carotid artery rupture.