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An unexpected foreign body in the oesophogus: a case report.

Authors
  • Wosornu, L
  • Paonasker, V
Type
Published Article
Journal
Medical journal of Zambia
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1978
Volume
12
Issue
3
Pages
83–85
Identifiers
PMID: 757906
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

An unusual case of foreign body in the oesophagus is reported. A history of dysphagia was absent although oesophageal obstruction was total; the retained foreign body was vegetable matter. An unusual radiological appearance, "the inverted wine-glass sign" is described. Pure water depletion was diagnosed there being dehydration combined with hypernatraemia (Na = 164MEq/L), normokalaemia (K+ = 4.2mEq/L), and acidosis (Serum bicarbonate = 10 mEq/L), as well as uraemia (220 mg%), and haemoconcentration (haemoglobin=18.5g%). Treatment with oesophageal lavage and intravenous fluids was successful.

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