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Afr J Paediatr Surg. 2010 May-Aug;7(2):114-6. doi: 10.4103/0189-6725.62853.

Foreign body oesophagus in a neonate: a common occurrence at an uncommon age.

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Department of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Gastroenterology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.


Neonatal ingestion of foreign body is a very uncommon occurrence. We describe a 25-day-old neonate who had a large-sized stone impacted in the cervical oesophagus. The stone was accidently lodged by one of the elder siblings while playing. The stone, after failure to be retrieved endoscopically, was successfully removed by open esophagotomy. The case describes the unusual occurrence at a very uncommon age. It also re-affirms the successful role of open surgery in such situations, which are otherwise commonly treated endoscopically.

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