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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 67-70

Esophageal foreign body with growth deficiency (failure-to-thrive) in an 8-year-old nigerian girl child, and literature review

1 Department of ENT, Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, Nigeria
2 Department of Paediatrics, Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, Nigeria

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Department of ENT, Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State
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Esophageal foreign bodies present with various clinical scenarios which must always be considered in children who have recurrent vimiting, cough or dysphagia, and remains an important indication for therapeutic esophagoscopy. The foreign bodies vary in type and duration of impaction with attendant complications which has been widely documented in the literature. We present an eight-year-old girl child with impacted esophageal foreign body (coin) for over 5-years, who presented with persistent vomiting and dyshagia with failure to thrive. The coin was detected radiologically from a Chest X-ray and was removed endoscopically without complications. Patient began to eat voraciously and started gaining weight after the removal of the foreign body.

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