Acquired tracheoesophageal fistula from an ingested pennys

Jason Y.K. Chan, Tae Kim, David E. Tunkel

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Abstract

SUMMARY Ingestion of foreign bodies is common in children. Here we present a unique case of a tracheoesophageal fistula from an ingested penny produced post 1982, highlighting the reaction of the zinc content of the penny with gastric acid to cause erosion of the esophagus. We also present the orderly foreign body removal through a tracheostomy as the penny's diameter was greater than the cricoid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-281
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology Extra
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

Keywords

  • Foreign body
  • Penny
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula

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