Successful Removal of Indigested Shell Using a Rigid Esophagoscope and a Pneumatic Lithotriptor

Heezoo Kim, Hyun Koo Kim, Gi Run Kang, Du Young Kang, Young Ho Choi, Sang Ho Lim

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Foreign body ingestion is a commonly encountered clinical problem in pediatric emergency cases. The authors report a case of an esophageal foreign body caused by the accidental ingestion of a shell in an 8-month-old girl. Endoscopic removal was attempted but failed because of the sharp margin of the shell and caused it to be deeply impacted into the esophageal wall. Accordingly, a pneumatic lithotriptor was inserted through a rigid esophagoscope and used to fragment the shell.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1019-1021
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sep 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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