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The foreign body is actually lodged in the esophagus. It is visualized anterior to the lower cervical vertebra. While most chicken bones are radio-opaque, CT evaluation is sometimes necessary, as overlapping soft tissue can cause significant shadowing that makes identification difficult. Next step: refer the patient to a gastroenterologist.

Case presented by Nahum Kovalski, BSc, MDCM, Terem Emergency Medical Centers, Jerusalem, Israel.

56-year-old patient feels a foreign body in trachea

Nahum Kovalski, BSc, MDCM

Clinical Researcher at TEREM Emergency Services
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