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Ann Maxillofac Surg. 2018 Jul-Dec;8(2):342-343. doi: 10.4103/ams.ams_188_18.

Missing Pharyngeal Pack Endoscopically Retrieved: An Avoidable Complication.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Aster Sanad Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


Throat packing/pharyngeal packing routinely was done during almost all otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgery, dental, and oral and maxillofacial surgeries. We present an unusual case of a pharyngeal throat pack inadvertently left behind postextubation. The pack was subsequently identified and retrieved successfully from the gastrointestinal tract.


Endoscopy; general anesthesia complications; throat pack

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