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Man with odynophagia
  1. Hsin-Yi Wu1,
  2. Wah Sheng Chong1,
  3. Chih-Jung Chang1,2
  1. 1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, New Taipei City, Taiwan
  2. 2 Graduate Institute of Medicine, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan City, Taiwan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Chih-Jung Chang, Department of Emergency Medicine, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, New Taipei City, Taiwan; chihjung0729{at}

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Clinical introduction

A 57-year-old man presented to the ED with complaints of odynophagia. He recalled swallowing a fish bone several days before the presentation. An impacted fish bone in the throat was suspected. He sought medical assistance at a local clinic; however, the results were negative. On arrival, the patient was afebrile, appeared well and spoke with a normal voice. Neck palpation revealed mild tenderness above his laryngeal prominence. Nasopharyngoscopy failed to detect an impacted foreign body. Plain radiography of the neck was performed (figure 1).

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Plain radiography of the …

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  • H-YW and WSC contributed equally.

  • Contributors H-YW acquired the clinical data, drafted the manuscript and maintained contact with the patient and received consent from the patient. WSC revised the manuscript. C-JC served as scientific advisor and edited the article and finally approved the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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