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A frog in the throat?
  1. Hunniya Waseem1,
  2. Matthew Welch2
  1. 1 Emergency Department, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust Hospital, Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk, UK
  2. 2 Pembroke College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mr Matthew Welch, University of Oxford, Pembroke College, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DW, UK; matthew.welch{at}


Clinical introduction A 44-year-old woman, with an unremarkable medical history, presented in the middle of the night with discomfort in her throat. She described being assaulted by an assailant who put his ‘fist in her mouth’, trying to suffocate her. On examination, she had normal observations and no signs of injury, other than scratch marks around her mouth; she reported no odynophagia and was able to swallow fluids readily. During examination, she complained that lying flat made her increasingly uncomfortable and was causing burgeoning dyspnoea. She had lateral soft tissue radiography of her neck as shown in figure 1.

Figure 1

Lateral neck soft tissue radiograph of the 44-year-old woman.


  • What is the diagnosis?

    1. Caustic stricture of the oesophagus

    2. Pharyngeal perforation

    3. Pharyngeal pouch

    4. Boerhaave’s syndrome

  • Trauma, head
  • imaging, x-ray

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  • Contributors HW assessed the patient in ED and planned the article. MW assisted HW in writing the article and is the corresponding author.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.