A Foreign Body in the Pharynx Migrating through the Internal Jugular Vein: Case Report of Unusual Complication*Corresponding Author: Belhoucha Btissam, Sidi Abbad BP:7234, Marrakech 40000 Marocco, North Africa, Tel: 00212662390208, Email: [email protected]
Received Date: Mar 16, 2014 / Accepted Date: Jul 15, 2014 / Published Date: Jul 22, 2014
Citation: Adil T, Btissam B, Othmane B, Hassane N, Youssef R, et al. (2014) A Foreign Body in the Pharynx Migrating through the Internal Jugular Vein: Case Report of Unusual Complication. Otolaryngology 4:1000172.DOI: 10.4172/2161-119X.1000172
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Foreign body ingestion is a common problem encountered in clinical practice. One of the rare complications of a swallowed foreign body is its migration from the site of entry into the subcutaneous tissues of neck. We report the case of a 57-year old woman who was admitted to our otolaryngology outpatient clinic with a cervical neck mass, with a history of accidental ingestion of a sharp pointed metallic foreign body 2 months earlier. Cervical X-rays and Computed Tomography (CT) scan was then done that showed a 2-cm long metallic foreign body in the subcutaneous tissues of neck. The Doppler ultrasound showed a large thrombus occluding the right internal jugular vein. The foreign body was easily removed under general anesthesia. Postoperative period was uneventful and the patient was doing well on follow-up without any complications.