International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery

Volume 5, Issue 5 (September 2016)

ISSN Print: 2168-5452   ISSN Online: 2168-5460

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Unusual Foreign Body of Oropharynx

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DOI: 10.4236/ijohns.2016.55030    1,485 Downloads   2,453 Views  


Introduction: The foreign bodies of the oropharynx are mainly encountered in children. They rarely raise diagnostic problem, but remain a haunting of the CCF and ENT surgeon. Objective: We report a special case of foreign body entering the oropharynx and measuring 15 cm of long in a boy of 7 years, in order to discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic approach. Observation: A 7 year old male student has been received in emergency for accidental trauma of the oropharynx by a particular object, a pencil. The diagnosis has been essentially clinical. The exhibition of the oropharynx using the open mouth of Boyles Davis has obviously shown the foreign body penetrating the right anterior pillar crossing the parapharyngeal spaces till the right posterolateral prevertebral space. The extraction of the foreign body was done by endoscopic route under general anesthesia. As a remarkable fact, it was the gumming end that was penetrating. The postoperative course was uneventful. Conclusion: This type of foreign body of oropharynx constitutes a medical and surgical emergency. From an easy and positive diagnosis, these foreign bodies especially raise a problem of lesion diagnostic and therapeutic approach. Prevention through education and awareness of all the actors (students, children, parents) remain the pledge of their control.

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Chantal Gyebre, Y. , Goueta, A. , Priva Ouedraogo, B. , Sereme, M. , Zamtako, O. and Ouoba, K. (2016) Unusual Foreign Body of Oropharynx. International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, 5, 189-194. doi: 10.4236/ijohns.2016.55030.

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