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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 244-246

Uncommon, undeclared oesophageal foreign bodies

Departments of Ear, Nose and Throat Head and Neck Surgery, State Specialist Hospital, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

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DOI: 10.4103/1119-3077.97339

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We report two cases of unusual and undeclared oesophageal foreign bodies. A small double-rounded calabash or bottle gourd Lagenaria siceraria, stuffed with traditional medicine designed to acquire spiritual power. A whole tricotyledonous kola nut Cola nitida also designed to make medicine to gain love from a woman after passing it out in stool. Each case presented with a sudden onset of total dysphagia and history of ingestion of foreign bodies was not volunteered by any despite direct questioning. Plain radiograph of the neck and chest in either case did not reveal presence of foreign body. Both were successfully removed through rigid oesophagoscopy.

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