Management of sword-swallower injuries

A. C. Moberly, M. H. Fritsch, Kristine Mosier

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Abstract

Objective: To report an unusual case of hypopharyngeal perforation in a sword-swallower, with emphasis on management options.Method: Case report and review of the English language literature concerning sword-swallowing injuries to the hypopharynx and oesophagus.Results: A 29-year-old male sword-swallower suffered hypopharyngeal perforation during a performance. The patient received conservative management, with intensive care unit admission, infectious disease consultation, intravenous antibiotics, discontinuation of oral intake and close observation. He progressed well, resumed oral intake on hospital day six, and was discharged home on hospital day eight.Conclusion: Sword-swallowing is an unusual vocation which may lead to potentially devastating injuries. This case report and review of the literature illustrates the management options for such hypopharyngeal and oesophageal injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-219
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Volume125
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011

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Wounds and Injuries
N,N-dimethyl-3,3-diphenyl-1-methylallylamine
Hypopharynx
Occupations
Esophagus
Communicable Diseases
Intensive Care Units
Language
Referral and Consultation
Observation
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Conservative Treatment

Keywords

  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Hypopharynx
  • Penetrating Wounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Management of sword-swallower injuries. / Moberly, A. C.; Fritsch, M. H.; Mosier, Kristine.

In: Journal of Laryngology and Otology, Vol. 125, No. 2, 02.2011, p. 217-219.

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Moberly, A. C. ; Fritsch, M. H. ; Mosier, Kristine. / Management of sword-swallower injuries. In: Journal of Laryngology and Otology. 2011 ; Vol. 125, No. 2. pp. 217-219.
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